As I posted about earlier, well before his tightly contested race for Virginia Attorney General was decided, this decision by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to NOT enforce/defend Virginia law was forthcoming.
Professor Ackes wrote about the Supreme Courts gay marriage decision:
That may be enough to have the laws and the constitutional provision overruled. But it gets even better if the state has a Democratic governor: For he may declare now that he will not enforce the constitutional amendment, for he thinks it runs counter to the federal Constitution. And by the holding today in the case on Proposition 8 in California (Hollingsworth v. Perry), the backers of the constitutional amendment will have no standing in court to contest the judgment. Constitutional amendments are meant to secure provisions that will not be undone by the shift in season from one election to another. But with the combination of these two cases today, any liberal governor can virtually undo a constitutional amendment on marriage in his state.
Every officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, upon taking office, takes this oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as . . . . . . . . . . according to the best of my ability, (so help me God).
Ethics? Only for Republicans. Laws? Only Republican legislators/officers are bound by them.