Indiana Governor Mike Pence said Tuesday that he's looking forward to signing a bill opponents say would allow business owners to refuse to serve members of the LGBT community based on their religious beliefs.

The Republican-led General Assembly gave its final approval of SB 101 Tuesday and sent it to Pence for his signature.

The bill seeks to prohibit any state and local laws that “substantially burden” a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. A “person” is defined as an individual, religious institution, business or association.

Pence, a Republican, commented on the proposal in a statement.

“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact,” Pence said. “I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, 85 bills targeting LGBT rights have been introduced in 28 states this year.