Discrimination against gays and lesbians could soon be a thing of the past, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said in an interview for the May edition of Playboy magazine.

"Same-sex marriage as a divisive issue is losing its steam," he said. "Overall I think anti-gay prejudice is on its way out."

Frank is one of four openly gay members of the Congress and an outspoken advocate for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual rights. 

The 16-term lawmaker said that even though the fight to force the federal government to recognize gay marriage has slowed, more and more states are beginning to move in that direction.

“I don’t see anything about gay marriage happening on a federal level," said Frank. "More and more states will go that way, though."

"When they do, people will see … that there are no negative consequences," he continued. "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."