Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring hardly had time to hang new curtains in his office before he announced he would not defend Virginia's amendment banning gay marriage. Since then he has tried valiantly to depict that decision as a work of noble note. He says he cannot, in good conscience, defend a law that violates the Constitution. But if that's really the case, says A. Barton Hinkle, why is it that Herring is simultaneously carrying water in a different case for a state agency that seeks to trample the rights of the people? If Herring is serious about holding the state of Virginia to the strictures of the Constitution, he's sure got a funny way of showing it.