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In recent decades, Colorado, Washington, and Vermont have paved the way for major social reforms, such as the legalization of marijuana and equal rights to wed. Until the federal government takes a stand, state governments can make such local decisions.

Which of the following political terms explains why?

A

Separation of powers.

B

Checks and balances.

C

Unlimited government.

D

Federalism.

E

Centralized governance.

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