Most Helpful Guy
What it could have been is that he did not want to get your family involved at the moment. A cousin of mine is like this at the moment. He does not want to tell his parents nor mine that he will proposing soon to his girlfriend because he does not want the drama of the entire family. He may say to his family that he loves but there's a huge difference between saying you love someone and actually getting married. Marriage is a huge commitment not just emotionally but financially as well. Think of it this way, if you wanted to make a big decision, would you rather keep it between only a few people who can assist and execute said decision quickly, or get many people involved who may cause problems with executing your decision?
Most Helpful Girl
He loves you and is glad to have you and probably does wasn't to get married, but maybe not now. Or he could have just said that because he's around friends.