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Louisiana petitions for secession from U.S.

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(FOX) -- Louisiana has become the first of 20 states to petition for secession from the U.S. in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election.

A Slidell woman created the petition which asks the Obama administration to "peacefully grant the state to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government."

More than 13,000 people have signed the petition.  25,000 signatures are needed before December 7 to get an "official" response from the White House.

Various other states have created similar petitions.  Texas has the strongest following with just over 25,000 signatures in three days, enough to warrant an administrative response.

"I think it's ridiculous. Honestly, I really do. It's really dumb," said Alan Singleton, a Baton Rouge resident.

"It still feel like it's pretty unnecessary to want to separate, and make your own country, away from the United States, honestly, we're a little small for that," said Ciara Hazey.

The petitions come from a section of www.whitehouse.gov called, "We The People" which allows citizens to have their voices heard by creating such an appeal.

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