Sponsors of a proposed ballot initiative in Oregon which sought to allow businesses to discriminate against gay men and lesbians said Friday they were suspending their campaign.

Friends of Religious Freedom acted a day after the Oregon Supreme Court approved the ballot language.

The language as written by the office of the Oregon attorney general states that a “yes” vote creates a “religious belief” exception to the state's anti-discrimination laws, which include sexual orientation.

In a statement released Friday, Friends of Religious Freedom called the language unacceptable, saying the certified ballot title “states it as intolerant instead of protecting equal rights of conscience.”

A campaign to derail the initiative backed by dozens of corporations was announced on Friday.

Mike Marshall, campaign manager for Oregon United Against Discrimination, said that more than 462 organizations and leaders, including 190 businesses and 167 faith leaders, had joined the group.

“Oregonians have realized that this measure would allow businesses to discriminate against people because of who they are and whom they love,” Marshall said in a statement. “And discrimination is just wrong.”

Friends of Religious Freedom said it was considering filing a lawsuit on behalf of businesses that oppose serving gay couples.