Georgia Senate rejects Fonda honor

March 17, 2006 at 6:01 PM
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ATLANTA, March 17 (UPI) -- Jane Fonda's anti-Vietnam War activities came back to haunt her when the Georgia Senate rejected a resolution honoring her public service work in the state.

Sen. Steen Miles, D-Decatur, introduced the resolution honoring Fonda Wednesday, then backed off Thursday after Sen. John Douglas, R-Covington, a retired Army major, delivered a fiery speech denouncing Fonda's activities during the Vietnam War, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

"Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, honoring Jane Fonda, no matter how much good work she might be doing now, would be the equivalent of this Senate spitting on every person who has ever worn the uniform of this country," Douglas said. "We cannot, we must not allow this resolution to stand unchallenged. We have a stellar track record of supporting our troops and veterans. Let's not throw that away."

Senate Resolution 1189 failed 38-1 Thursday with only Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Ellenwood, voting "yes."

Miles' resolution would have recognized Fonda for founding and chairing the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

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