I always thinking about these petitions as completely laughable and oxymoronic. Come on ......are the States really asking to secede........no. A few disgruntle people might be, but not the States them selves, that would require to do something official. Anybody can start a petition. These petitions never go any where, they never cause real debate other than their novelty. If a state did "secede" it would require the citizens to actually do something, and something would be considerably more than signing a silly petition. Everybody says Texas has special rights in this regard. Texas may have had special rights in their original 1845 constitution, but I am guessing they lost after the Civil War when a new constitution was written, Hawaii and Alaska don't either. But please keep discussing it......I love reading the bunk house lawyer logic because of the laughable value.