Prisoner presses for right to grow a beard for his faith, but Arkansas officials raise security issues.
Despite winning in lower courts, plaintiffs say justices must decide to remove couples from legal limbo.
The action stops Virginia officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least for now.
Mark Herring (D) agrees with the ruling but wants the Supreme Court to accept the case for review.
The meaning of a 1972 ruling appears entirely dependent on judicial perspective.
If the high court does not stay a lower court ruling, same-sex marriages will begin next week in Virginia.
Judges’ decision means unions could start next week absent further judicial action.
Attorney General Mark Herring has asked the court to review rulings that strike down the ban on same-sex marriage.
Victors against state ban on gay marriage take unusual step; some see it as a sign of confidence
Federal appeals panel left questions about whether it will follow lower court rulings striking down bans.