Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry told The New York Times this weekend that he believes the Clintons' early opposition to gay marriage was politically motivated.

Former President Bill Clinton endorsed marriage equality in 2009. Before that, he said he was opposed to laws excluding gay couples from marriage. Hillary Clinton reversed her position in 2013, soon after she left her post as secretary of state.

In explaining why Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage of Act (DOMA), Wolfson said it “came down to politics.”

“It really came down to politics and the fear that the country wasn’t there yet and he didn’t want to be ahead of the country on it,” Wolfson said. “They were also getting some pressure, to be honest, from many of our partners and allies, including gay activists, some of whom were right there agreeing that we had to take a hit for political reasons. And I believe their political analysis was wrong, not to mention that they were wrong in terms of what was right.”

“Understandably, people felt that re-electing a generally friendly president was in our interest, and I certainly understood that analysis,” he said of the allies' position. “But I didn’t agree that this was going to cost him the election. At that point, it wasn’t even that he necessarily had to come out for the freedom to marry; what he had to do was veto a radical, un-American, discriminatory attack.”

“Did you ever believe that the Clintons really didn't believe that same-sex couples should marry?” he was asked.

“No, I personally did not believe that,” Wolfson answered. “I believed that they knew what the right answer was. But at the same time, what I’ve always felt is I don’t so much care what a politician believes in his or her heart. I care what they do.”

Wolfson, who has been involved in the marriage equality conversation since 1983, added that he was unsure of his next career step but is “happy to entertain offers.”