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Mike Pence Swears In Doug Jones as Gay Son Looks On

Carson Jones
Carson Jones

Carson Jones seemed to understand how surreal the moment was.

In a triumphant turn of events last month, voters elected Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama over accused sexual predator and known homophobe Roy Moore. Shortly after the win, Jones's son -- Carson Jones -- who at the time said he "couldn't be prouder" of his dad, confirmed to The Advocate that he's gay.

On Wednesday, Carson Jones stood side-by-side with his dad as his father took the Senate oath of office, administered by virulently homophobic VP Mike Pence. Shortly after, Carson Jones, who goes by TheDapperZookeeper on his Instagram page -- which includes celebratory photos of the day his father won the election, Pride photos, and a picture of him meeting Lance Bass at a gay bar -- posted a photo at the oath-taking in which he appears to be staring pointedly at Pence.

"#nocaptionneeded" is one of the hashtags Carson Jones invoked to describe the photo.

As governor of Indiana, Pence signed a "license to discriminate" law (later amended), which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT people, and pushed for his state to amend its constitution to ban marriage equality.

At the time of his father's win, Carson Jones said, "I am obviously thrilled with my dad's victory. 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!"

He also hashtagged the photo of the swearing-in with "#wemadeit."

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.