Openly gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank says repeal of the federal gay marriage ban DOMA will come after passage of a gay protections bill, but neither will occur in the near term.

Frank is expected to reintroduce his Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Wednesday.

But in a candid interview with gay weekly Metro Weekly, the 70-year-old lawmaker conceded his bill, which would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender protections), isn't likely to gain much traction so long as there is a Republican majority in the House.

“Obviously, with the Republicans in power, you're not going to get the bill even considered,” Frank said.

“This is an organizing effort. I'm going to be urging people to spend their time talking to those who have voted in the past for ENDA and are supportive of ENDA but where we're not certain they're still with us on the transgender issue. So, that's what – having a bill before you makes it easier to organize people to do that.”

Frank, who is among the lawmakers backing repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that bans federal recognition of the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, suggested the repeal effort wouldn't get very far.

“I believe that, with regard to DOMA, the goal is to win it in court,” Frank said. “I do not think there is a good likelihood of getting DOMA repealed through the Congress. I think there is a good likelihood, in a Democratic Congress, of getting an inclusive ENDA. The number of folks we have to shift to get ENDA passed with transgender inclusion is smaller than the number of votes we have to shift to get DOMA repealed. And I have consistently said that all along.”