Openly gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank says he believes gay marriage has lost its political wedge.

The 71-year-old Frank made his remarks during a wide-ranging interview with Playboy magazine.

While Frank said he doesn't see the federal government embracing marriage equality in the near term, he added that a greater number of states will.

“I don't see anything about gay marriage happening on a federal level,” he told the magazine. “More and more states will go that way, though. When they do, people will see, as with health care and the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' that there are no negative consequences. Places that have gay marriage have had none of the negative consequences that people warned us about. Zero. The divorce rate hasn't gone up. There have been no calamities. Marriage hasn't lost its meaning. Same-sex marriage as a divisive issue is losing its steam. Overall I think anti-gay prejudice is on its way out.”

“Overall, anti-gay prejudice is diminishing,” he added. “It won't be used by the far right the way it once was. It just doesn't work anymore. But I worry about what will replace it.”