Northeast Ohio village council votes in favor of meeting prayer

HARTVILLE, Ohio - After four months of consideration, a village council near Canton has voted to begin meetings with a prayer.

The vote was 4-to-2 Tuesday night by the Hartville Village Council.

Mayor Beverly Green had opposed the move as violating church-state separation. She wanted a moment of silence to begin village meetings.

The resolution calls for an opening prayer that's described as "inclusive, nondenominational, nonsectarian, civil and in the Judeo-Christian tradition."

Backers say that a prayer resolution, instead of an ordinance, provides protection against a lawsuit.

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