The president of the Montana Family Foundation asked a crowd at Havre's Town Square Friday night to fight for traditional values in a civil manner.
Jeff Laszloffy, who was speaker pro-tem of the Montana House of Representatives before becoming the foundation's president, said traditional values are under assault around the state.
His group, which works with Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family, is fighting several efforts he said would undermine the family in Montana. Among them:
• The "homosexual agenda,"which he said includes an effort to win court-mandated approval of same-sex marriages despite a 2004 constitutional amendment that passed with 70 percent of the vote.
• The efforts of "two professors from Havre" who convinced the American Civil Liberties Union to protest references to Jesus in the prayer at Montana State University-Northern's graduation ceremonies. Pastor Tim Zerger, who offered the prayer and was in the audience Friday, was given a round of applause at Laszloffy's urging. Because the community rallied around Zerger, the ACLU backed down, Laszloffy said.
• The drive in Helena to institute a sex-education program he said would begin in kindergarten and by first grade would concentrate on "the homosexual agenda."
• Montana Supreme Court rulings that have nullified the state's anti-abortion laws.
• A drive in Missoula to pass an ordinance that would allow "men who feel they are women" to use women's restrooms and locker rooms."
• Court rulings that allow assisted suicide in the state.
• Expansion of medical marijuana in the state.
(For full details, read Monday's Havre Daily News.)