Speaking of the culture wars, the front section of Sunday’s New York Times bore witness from a number of leading conservatives around the nation praising President George Bush for promoting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Among those signing the full-page advertisement was Nashville’s own Richard Land, president and CEO of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, which is the Southern Baptist Convention’s agency for “applied Christianity.” ♦ Meanwhile, on the other side of the battle, the gay-friendly Human Rights Campaign threw a celebration Saturday night at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza at which Bush was denounced early and often. Among the public officials who bravely turned out were Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver, state Rep. Janice Sontany and Metro Council member David Briley. ♦ Then it was on to Hollywood Squares for local cultural czar John Bridges, who, after pulling duty as the official auctioneer at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, then had to hot-foot it over to the Tennessee Rep’s own fundraiser downtown to be one of the local celebrities taking part in a Hollywood Squares skit. Clearly in his element as a committed civic participant, Bridges was last seen dashing to his car at full trot.