On Tuesday, Alabama Senator Doug Jones added his name as the 46th co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which seeks to add ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ protections to existing civil rights laws.
Jones’ son Carson, an out zookeeper and Colorado State University student, gained a following during the election cycle, as his dad campaigned against noted homophobe and accused sexual assaulter Roy Moore.
In a new interview with the Washington Blade, Doug opens up about how Carson has inspired him.
Asked about whether his coming out affected his politics, Doug said:
“Has it affected me? Absolutely. Everything affects you, but obviously a child affects you more than anything else. I’m happy to do that, I’m happy to be there to defend him — when he can be defended, as we always say, when he can be defended.”
And on Carson’s Instagram presence, which features the occasional and tasteful shirtless photo, the senator said:
“We’ve all seen it.”
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And here’s a closer look at what “we’ve all seen”: