West Virginia Republican lawmaker John O'Neal on Thursday claimed that the state needs a religious freedom law because Christians can lose their businesses over “who they love,” referring to God.

Versions of the West Virginia Freedom of Conscience Protection Act were introduced in the House and Senate last week. The bills define “exercise of religion” as “the ability to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by one's sincerely held religious beliefs or religious conscience, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.”

“Religious freedom is a basic right that deserves attention under the law,” O'Neal, the House's majority whip, told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). “In our state and in many others right now, unfortunately, a person can go to church on Sunday and worship, and on Monday they can go to work and lose their business because of who they love, if the person they love happens to be the Lord.”

A variation of that phrase refers to the lack of nationwide LGBT protections in the United States.

“There are places where you can get married on Sunday and are at risk of being fired from your job or evicted from your home on Monday because you're gay,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently said. “That's not how it should be in the United States of America. As President, I'll fight for the equal rights of all Americans, no matter who they are or who they love.”

A rally in support of the proposed bill is expected to take place on January 28.