She said she first started getting questions about her views on this topic when she joined the House Democratic leadership.

"One of the first questions, shall we say, a less-than-friendly journalist would ask me on a show would be, do you support gay marriage," she told reporters. She did not reveal any of these reporters by name or network.

"And of course I would always say, I support gay marriage; I don't believe in discrimination of any kind," she added. "And they would be like, 'We have nailed you. Now that our audience knows that about you, well...' "

"And it was a badge of honor for me," she said. "Now, it's a badge of honor for a lot of people."

Pelosi attended today's Supreme Court arguments in a case that could determine whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is overturned. That 1996 law prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.