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States asking to leave US spark counter petition

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Thousands of people have joined an online petition asking that Georgia be allowed to secede from the United States.

There are similar petitions right now in more than 30 other states.

Georgia has already gathered the 25,000 signatures needed to hear back from the White House. Texas is the only state with more signatures than Georgia.

It's such a hot topic that a new petition sprung up on the White House website.

It asks that anyone who signs a petition to secede lose their citizenship and be deported.

The counter petition just sprung up on Monday. So far, more than 6,000 people have signed on.

CBS Atlanta News talked to people at a downtown Atlanta restaurant to get their reaction.

Restaurant patron Lucas Carter is against both petitions.

"They're throwing rocks at each other and acting like 3-year-olds," said Carter.

Carter sees both petitions as a waste of time and potentially money.

"All that is going to do is end up being millions of dollars that goes toward nothing. And we could have used it toward greater causes," Carter said.

Restaurant owner Josh Calvin sees the petitions as divisive. He would like to see people come together and work together.

"I think people need to work together, party line and demographically. Let's do it," Calvin said.

Petitioners will have to wait to see if the White House responds to the petitions.

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