Houston Mayor Annise Parker told LGBT bloggers and journalists in the Bayou City on Friday that she does not expect President Barack Obama to publicly endorse marriage equality before the general election.
“I would be shocked to see it,” she said. “I would not expect to see it.”
Parker, who co-chairs a coalition of nearly 200 mayors who back nuptials for gays and lesbians, made her remarks at the opening of the a two day conference organized by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr., Foundation and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
She stressed that the economy remains the dominant campaign issue.
“What I’m told as a candidate is that you stay on message, you figure out what the American people want to know about and you stay on that message and you stay on that message until you’re sick of talking about that message,” said Parker, responding to whether LGBT activists should expect the president to endorse marriage equality during his re-election campaign. “I would expect that his advisors tell him he doesn’t need to go down that path.”