White House to Texas: No, You Can't Secede
Texas, 7 other states told they're staying in the union
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 1:38 AM CST
Updated Jan 15, 2013 7:35 AM CST
The Texas flag is run on to the field prior to the Alamo Bowl NCAA football game between Oregon State and Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – White House to Texas: You're staying in America. The Obama administration has officially rejected a petition signed by more than 125,000 people demanding that the Lone Star State be allowed to leave the union, the Houston Chronicle reports. Similar petitions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, all started within a few days of President Obama's re-election, were also nixed. The White House said the Founding Fathers who created the US "did not provide a right to walk away from it."

"In a nation of 300 million people—each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs—democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing," wrote the director of the Office of Public Engagement. "Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for the liberties we often take for granted." The Obama administration received secession petitions from all 50 states, but only responded to the ones that gained more than 25,000 signatures.

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Jan 18, 2013 6:16 PM CST
The request for Texas to secede is really laughable. It will NEVER be allowed so quit asking.
Jan 16, 2013 2:02 AM CST
Yea well I noticed this is the 2nd. time SC wanted to be a nation
Jan 15, 2013 4:40 PM CST
AS to my long post, sorry people SOME NEEDED a HISTORY LESSON, & also this is why TEXAS mans the largest military force now & will continue to do so (we are proud americans & MORE TEXAS BOYS HAVE GIVEN LIFE FOR THIS NATION, THAN MOST ANY OTHER STATE! - WE remember the Alamo (But our nightmares are of the CIVIL WAR), in which our government let us leave under a gise & then declared war on us, so i say to all whom would say leave - THE ODDS ARE NOT IN THE NORTHS FAVOR & NEVER WILL BE AGAIN. The proof is in the numbers.