So far, no one here has really made a good argument for why Herring was out of line. If what he did was within the scope of his office and he made his position clear before refusing to defend the law, then I'm no seeing the problem here. And let me be absolutely clear on this: if his position was opposite, but still acted predictably and within the scope of his office, I would say the same thing. Would I be personally disappointed? Of course, but I wouldn't say he was out of line.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..." -- Oliver Hazard Perry
"I don't want a piece of you... I want the whole thing!" -- Bob Barker
Constitution of Virginia
Law"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)."
Virginia won't defend its same-sex marriage ban
everything is in order
law and oath support his actions