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The White House finally responded to a controversial petition to allow Texas to secede from the Union.
NewsWest 9 told you about the petition in November that began circulating after President Obama was re-elected.
The White House released a statement saying the founding fathers who created the Union "did not provide a right to walk away from it."
It went on to say that, "America was created as a "perpetual union," but one that allows people with different beliefs to debate the issues."
More than 125,000 people signed the petition.
The White House has promised it will respond to any petitions that get more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days.
The response was also directed at seven other states that also petitioned to secede.