Justin Elzie: From ‘Marine of the Year’ to DADT activist

Last night, DC’s local Fox affiliate interviewed Justin Elzie, an amazing activist, an American hero and a very good friend of AMERICAblog. Justin was the first Marine discharged under DADT back in 1993 — and fought his way back in. Justin served openly as a Marine for four years. Last month, he was one of the thirteen activists who got arrested at the White House.

(photo courtesy of GetEQUAL)

Justin has written a book, Playing By the Rules. We’re going to host a livechat with Justin soon to discuss the book and his long career of activism.

On Fox5, Justin, who was in DC for the DADT hearings, talked about the prospects for ending the law and about “Playing By the Rules”:

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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