I'm glad you're "always learning."
Learn this: When people of conscience are confronted by powers beyond their control, whose inevitable ends are tyranny, then those people must take whatever actions are within their power to resist those powers.
Only a statist ghoul would defame these people for taking a clear (although perhaps personally costly and largely symbolic) step to oppose the ongoing violation of Constitutional guarantees.
The Equal Protections clause of the Constitution requires the state to apply all laws equally to all citizens -- this includes all government agents regardless of their position or responsibilities. If any law cannot be rightly applied to all equally, then it cannot be enacted at all.