As neither a liberal nor a conservative, I'd like to applaud Sen. Rob Portman as the first Republican senator to support gay marriage. I hope that many local conservatives will follow his lead in defending individual freedom and a more tolerant society. In his column for the Columbus Dispatch, Portman wrote, "We conservatives believe in personal liberty and minimal government interference in people's lives." Portman describes a humble conservatism hearkening back to Robert Taft and Barry Goldwater, not an aggressive conservatism that desires to control the personal, moral decisions of Americans.