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October 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm #14881
Virginia and I think another state (maybe New York?) made it explicit that they reserved the right to leave the Union if they felt that the federal government had overstepped its bounds. I think there is a gray area in the Constitution in that it allows the federal government to respond to rebellion, but does not explicitly forbid secession. I would argue that secession is permitted by virtue of the 9th and 10th amendments.