Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously repealed a ban on county government recognition of Gay Pride.

Opponents of reversing the ban, approved by commissioners in 2005 with an explicit provision requiring a supermajority to overturn it, warned of God's wrath, saying the county risked losing the “favor of God.”

“Good government is to remain neutral to the cultural wars and should not endorse or promote any sexual preference,” Pastor Tony Smart said.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe, who in 2005 helped vote in the ban, teared up with regret as he reversed his position, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“I teach my kids that when you make a mistake, you correct it yourself,” he told colleagues, “to not be afraid when you make a mistake and to fight like hell to stick up for the weak and the people who are different than you and people looking for help.”

Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, applauded the move.

“We commend the Hillsborough commissioners for doing the right thing,” she said in a statement. “For eight years this law has served no other purpose except to be a daily insult to gay people who live, work and visit Hillsborough County.”

Hillsborough County's largest city is Tampa.

(Related: Miami Beach to pay gay couples' tax on benefits.)