Carson Jones "couldn't be prouder" of his dad, Doug Jones, who beat the anti-LGBT Republican Roy Moore in a special election Tuesday for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.
"I am obviously thrilled with my dad's victory," said Carson. "We have been overwhelmed by the support of so many people that made this happen. Alabama made a really big statement that unity wins out. I couldn't be prouder of him or my home state!"
Carson confirmed to The Advocate that he is gay, after several gay blogs posted articles compiling Instagram posts from the Democrat's "hot gay son."
Carson defines himself as a "Southern gentleman, zookeeper, gym junkie, adventurer, and sushi addict" on his Instagram profile. In addition to posting celebratory images of his dad, Carson has also shared portraits of elephants, a Pride parade, the great outdoors, and an encounter with singer Lance Bass at a gay bar, Tracks, in Denver.
Carson's statement follows a review from The Advocate reporter Trudy Ring, whose research on Doug Jones's background regarding LGBT rights determined "that Tuesday's election was not just the defeat of an enemy, but a victory for an ally." The politician has spoken out against President Trump's ban on transgender troops, and is said to be a supporter of same-sex marriage.
If there hasn't been much visibility of his support beforehand, it's because Jones "is skilled at muting his liberal stands on such issues as abortion and gay rights -- a necessity in one of the South's most conservative states," the Los Angeles Times noted.
On civil rights, Jones's campaign website noted that as a U.S. attorney, he led the prosecution of Ku Klux Klan members responsible for the Birmingham church bombing in 1963 that killed four young African-American girls, and that of abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph. He struck an inclusive tone of equality for all.
"I believe that we are all created equal in the eyes of the Lord and the law," the site reads. "While we have made progress on civil rights as a nation, we cannot be complacent with continued threats to equality and justice. The racially motivated Charleston church massacre and Charlottesville are stark reminders of that continued threat. I believe that the United States of America is a land of laws, justice, freedom, equality, and opportunity."