House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is hoping President Barack Obama will endorse gay marriage.

In a wide-ranging cover interview with gay glossy The Advocate, Pelosi said she is pushing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to help bankroll efforts against ballot box measures in Minnesota and North Carolina that would amend their state constitutions to define marriage as a heterosexual union and back a campaign in Maine that seeks to legalize gay marriage in the state with a voter referendum.

(Related: Campaign to win gay marriage in Maine secures sufficient signatures.)

“There are more ways to get your voice heard than just speaking,” Pelosi said.

The 71-year-old Democrat from San Francisco also criticized gay Republicans who attack Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank.

“Oh, but what about them? He chooses a party that supports his values. They've chosen a party that supports their income – a party that denigrates them and treats them with disrespect,” she said.

On the subject of marriage equality, Pelosi declined to discuss any conversations she might have had with Obama, then added: “But I hope the president would just say he supports equality in marriage.”

Obama has said he supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples and is “evolving” on marriage.

(Related: Obama opposed to “efforts to deny rights” to gay couples.)