National roundup: Tenn. must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

March 14
TENNESSEE
State loses suit over same-sex marriages

Tennessee must recognize the same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages.

Their lawsuit did not challenge the constitutionality of Tennessee’s ban on such marriages.

— Reuters

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Scott Brown may run again for Senate

Former senator Scott Brown confirmed Friday that he is launching an exploratory committee for a Senate run in New Hampshire.

In a speech to the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, Brown, a Republican who in 2010 won a special election in Massachusetts to finish the Senate term of the late Edward M. Kennedy (D), said his wife encouraged him to run again.

Earlier Friday, Fox News announced that it had terminated Brown’s contract as a contributor because he had informed the network of his plans to form an exploratory committee.

Brown, a longtime Massachusetts resident who recently moved to New Hampshire, would be taking on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) in a race that, until now, had been below the radar.

Brown lost his 2012 reelection campaign in Massachusetts to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

— Aaron Blake

FLORIDA
Escaped muderer caught after 37 years

A convicted murderer who escaped the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., 37 years ago was captured Thursday while living a peaceful life in Deerfield Beach, an oceanside suburb north of Fort Lauderdale.

James Robert Jones, 69, was tracked by the U.S. Marshals Service using facial recognition and was arrested when he showed up for work at Pompano Beach.

Jones was a private serving a 23-year sentence for premeditated murder and aggravated assault when he escaped from the
maximum-security Disciplinary Barracks in 1977.

Authorities say Jones used the name Bruce Walter Keith when he was arrested.

— Kansas City Star

NEW YORK

N.D., abortion clinic reach agreement: North Dakota and its only abortion clinic have resolved part of their dispute over the state’s new abortion law, meaning the facility will remain open. At issue was the requirement that physicians performing abortions have hospital privileges. The state and clinic agreed that doctors at the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo would maintain such privileges. The agreement was announced Friday by the state and the Center for Reproductive Rights, which assisted the clinic.

— Los Angeles Times

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