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USDA Rejects Gay, Georgia, Farmer's Cattle Transport License Because Of Town's Name

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:23:09 Z)

A cattle farmer's application for a federal license to transport his livestock across state lines was rejected by a government computer because his farm is in a Georgia town named Gay.

An employee for the U.S. Department of Agriculture explained to Gene King that the computer program screens out "banned words" and the name of his hometown was such a word.

Investigative TV reporter Randy Travis of Fox 5 Atlanta uncovered the story:

The city, population 89, is 40 miles south of Atlanta and is home to the Cotton Pickin Festival, which was previously known as the Gay Fair. Here's a photo of William Franklin Gay, the man the town was named after, and in brother John Gay taken when they Confederate soldiers in 1861.

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Lead Stories' Trendolizer has been to Gay, Georgia, in its constant rounds through social nets searching for trending content about political correctness. Scroll down to see more.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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