Remember those petitions from all 50 states that have popped up on the White House website, asking to secede from the U.S. after President Barack Obama won a second term in office?
The media coverage of those petitions likely helped fuel the popularity of signing the petitions — and now several non-political petitions have demanded the attention of the White House.
More than 25,000 people — the threshold for the Obama administration to respond — have called for the U.S. to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.
More than 29,000 have signed a petition started by a Missouri man that calls for the federal government to legalize marijuana.
The Obama administration hasn’t responded to petitions since its reelection. We’ll keep an eye out.
Among other non-political petitions:
- Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group (15,842 so far, with Dec. 14 deadline)
- Provide financial coverage for transgender Americans to get sex reassignment surgeries (3,346 signatures)
- Protect U.S. Postal Service jobs by keeping Saturday mail delivery (289 signatures).
- Nationalize the Twinkie industry(3,820 signatures)
The petitions are part of “We the People,” a section of the White House website that allows people to post open petitions:
From the beginning we’ve said that if a petition gathers enough online signatures, policy officials here at the White House and across the Administration will review it and issue an official response. In this first year we’ve had 116 petitions cross the threshold and 103 have already received a response. And, despite the fact that only a small percentage of the over 50,000 petitions have crossed the signature threshold, you’d probably be surprised to hear that 1.1 million people or 39% of users have received a response.