CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) - The words "In God We Trust" will now be on display inside the Chesapeake city hall.
The Virginian-Pilot reports the council voted 7-0 on Tuesday night to approve the measure.
Critics at the meeting called the display "divisive," saying the council chambers should represent everyone in the city.
Councilwoman Suzy Kelly asked the council to consider the idea, saying the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation has been asking local and state governments to adopt the national motto.
Some towns have declined similar measures. For instance, the North Carolina town of Saluda voted against adding the motto to its City Hall, arguing it would exclude people with secular or non-Christian beliefs.
The United States made "In God We Trust" the national motto in 1956 after President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.