A panel in support of gay marriage at a conservative conference drew a standing room only crowd, while opponents spoke to a nearly empty room.

At this weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a panel made up of marriage equality foes moderated by Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and Cleta Mitchell, a prominent Republican lawyer and a board member of the American Conservative Union (ACU), attracted little interest.

The opposite held true at a panel moderated by conservatives who support marriage equality.

“We have tolerated something in our movement for far too long: anti-gay bigotry,” Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of gay GOP group GOProud, told a packed room. “Let me be clear, I do not believe that just because someone opposes same-sex marriage that that automatically makes them a homophobe. But there are, however, a few. There are a few in our movement who just don't like gay people. In 2013, that just isn't okay in America anyone.”

BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner commented on attendees' response to the panels: “[A]lthough the Republican Party is nowhere near done with its internal debate … the die is cast and the once incredible notion of gay couples getting married has become a growing norm.”

CPAC this year refused to allow GOProud to co-sponsor the event, which it had done previously for two years in a row starting in 2010. And the pro-marriage equality panel was smuggled into the conference through a loophole.