Outgoing Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has called reversing this opposition to gay marriage “the most important thing I did.”

The 62-year-old Sanders in 2007 held an emotional press conference in which he tearfully reversed his opposition to marriage equality, telling reporters “I have close family members and friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. Those folks include my daughter Lisa.”

Sanders, also a former San Diego chief of police, will take over the reigns of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce in December.

In August, Sanders starred in an ad calling on Republicans to support gay nuptials.

Speaking to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Sanders said he's still emotional about the issue.

“I think it's the most important thing I did,” he said.

“Equality isn't something you can quantify. But it's something that has to be there. I think it's coming right away. The Supreme Court's going to take up [the appeal of Prop. 8 supporters] and I think they're going to let [gay marriage] stand in California because they don’t want to deal with it. The voters are going for it. Young people, that is not even in their concern list. We're all taught from the day you start school, equality's very important. And you look at the civil rights movements – this is exactly what this is. And so playing a little part in it, it's been good.”