Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), has praised an Arkansas bill which seeks to outlaw municipalities from adopting ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations.

The bill (SB202) has cleared both the House and Senate.

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson has said he'll let the bill become law without signing it.

“I recognize the desire to prevent burdensome regulations on businesses across the state,” he said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “However, I am concerned about the loss of local control. For that reason, I am allowing the bill to become law without my signature.”

In praising the action, Perkins said that LGBT protections “trample freedom and drive away business.”

“The measures have become a privacy and safety nightmare for parents, who shudder to think of their daughters sharing public restrooms, showers and locker rooms with grown men who abuse the 'gender identity' language to prey on the opposite sex,” he added.

In calling for a “no” vote, state Rep. Clarke Tucker, a Democrat, described the bill as a “proactive act of discrimination.”

The bill was a response to approval of such an ordinance by Fayetteville city leaders. Voters there rejected the measure in December.

(Related: Fayetteville voters repeal LGBT protections ordinance.)