The Family Research Council (FRC) and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) are backing an Arkansas bill that seeks to allow businesses to refuse service to gay men and lesbians.

The bill, titled the Conscience Protection Act (HB 1228), is being championed by Rep. Bob Ballinger in the House and Senator Bart Hester in the Senate, both of whom are Republicans.

“The legislation could allow any person to undermine state laws by citing their personal religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against others,” said the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate.

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee refused to endorse the bill after Governor Asa Hutchinson and Walmart expressed reservations, but with a simple majority, Senate Republicans could pull the bill from committee to the Senate floor.

In a blog post backing the bill's passage, FRC described HB 1228 as a “freedom-loving bill which is designed to ensure that individual's conscience and beliefs cannot be easily trampled by intrusive government regulation.”

NOM President Brian Brown also endorsed passage, calling Ballinger and Hester “two courageous state legislators.”

“The consequences of this legislation passing or not will be felt nationwide as same-sex 'marriage' activists become increasingly emboldened by activist judges, they won't stop pushing their agenda until everyone who conscientiously objects to their vision of a radically altered America is silenced,” Brown wrote.

(Related: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson allows bill outlawing LGBT protections to become law.)