I’m a proud Cheney-Portman Republican today. Who among us doesn’t have gay friends or family members whom we want to live happy, complete and fulfilled lives?

If Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) only got to this point because he has a gay son, so what?  It’s still a lesson for all of us. The government shouldn’t play a role in deciding how two people who care for each other can commit to each other.

I understand people who feel otherwise and who have deep religious convictions that compel their position. Someday we will all have to answer for how we lived our lives, but that’s between each individual and his or her Creator. Politics and government should stand aside and let people get on with their lives as best they can. Isn’t that a core Republican philosophy anyway?

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.