"The President has an awful lot on -- on his desk," Jones said. "I know this is an issue that he intends to take on…but at the right time…. It's not years, but I think -- I think it will be teed up appropriately."
There is no saying yet whether those statements and the President's address on Saturday will soothe discontent among gays and lesbians.
On the website EqualityAcross America.com, hosted by organizers of Sunday's GLBT march, a posted message asks: "Will the president appear at the March itself, an event partially driven by his own lack of progress on LGBT rights? And what about that golf tournament in San Francisco?"
In June, Obama told the last large LGBT audience he addressed, "I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough, and I understand that. But let me say this: We have made progress. And we will make more."
It is a refrain some advocates say they expect to hear again on Saturday when the President takes the stage.