The Lodi City Council begins each of its weekly meetings with a prayer. But in May that tradition became controversial, when the Freedom from Religion Foundation made the claim to stop those prayers.

Rallies were held on both sides of the controversy and thousands were involved in signing an online petition.

On Wednesday night, the Lodi City Council addressed the issue when it voted unanimously to continue prayer prior to meetings.

The Council developed a policy allowing uncensored invocations that avoid favoring any religion.

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