Press release from the House Democratic Caucus, Nov. 26, 2012:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On November 10, 2012 a petition was submitted to the White House calling for the State of Tennessee to be allowed to withdraw from the United States of America.
“As State Representatives we owe it to the men and women who died fighting to protect and preserve our union to speak out against this destructive movement,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner. “I am proud to be an American, and I hope my fellow legislators feel the same.”
The Tennessee Constitution states that all officers of the state shall “take an oath to support the Constitution of this state, and of the United States”. The Supreme Court in Texas v. White declared that secession was an unconstitutional act.
“We took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and I intend to uphold that oath,” said Turner. “If any Representatives join or have joined the call for secession, I intend to seek their impeachment from office.”