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Nov 13, 2012 7:00 PM by Sarah Arevalo and John Overall

Petition for Arizona to secede from union up on White House website

TUCSON - Ever since Election Day, the United States seems to be more divided than ever. In more than 20 states, American citizens are signing petitions to secede from the union.

A new petition from Arizona appeared on the White House web site on November 10, started by Nicholas M. of Gilbert. The petition calls for Arizona to withdraw from the United States and start its own new government. This petition Refers to the Declaration of Independence that "...governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and institute new government..."

The petition states that "the citizens of the great state of Arizona have the right to stand for their principles. That man is granted unalienable rights, which are not the dispensations of the government, but find their beginnings in God and come from God alone. These are the principles that our forefathers stood for, the principles upon, which our constitution is based, and those in which we firmly place our belief and resolve."

More than 12,000 people have already signed the petition. According to the website, a total of 25,000 signatures are needed by December 10th for the Obama administration to consider it.

For more information please visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-state-arizona-withdraw-united-states-america-and-create-its-own-new-government/GrZPNqcX

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