The petition for Texas secession has received enough signatures to demand a response from the White House. The issue of secession from the union by the state of Texas was initially viewed as a joke in light of post-election frustration, but many Texans aren’t laughing.
The New York Times reports Texans voted for Mitt Romney for president by a margin of 1.3 million over Barack Obama, and an Arlington, Tex. man running for governor in 2014 has announced he will legally change his middle name to “Secede.”
Sales of Texas “Secede” bumper stickers are up, and now a petition to President Obama to “peacefully grant” the state of Texas withdrawal from the union has garnered enough supporters to compel the White House to respond.
The administration is required to respond to “We the People” online petitions that receive at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days of initiation. The Texas secession petition was started on Nov. 9, 2012 and at press time had received more than 116,000 signatures.
A White House official has confirmed the petition will be reviewed and addressed, but no indication regarding a timeline has been given.