The point being that while it's still possible for forms of discrimination to be legally tolerated in a strictly private environment, within the civic/government realm such tolerance is of a far, far lower order of magnitude
Oh very convenient considering gay marriage is the only example you've been able to come up with. You're missing the point... I'm drawing a distinction between acceptable and unacceptable forms of discrimination. Genuinely intolerable forms of prejudice such as racial discrimination for example are equally intolerable in any situation. If discrimination is acceptable in private it ought to be acceptable in public - the State can butt out.
... where trying to use the possible justification of discrimination in the one setting to justify discrimination in the other is meaningless in my view ...
I don't see why fairness and consideration for others has to be limited to one situation when it could be more generally applied. In your second-rate "Dancing with the Stars" competition for example dance partners have to be one man and one woman. Everyone would walk out if it were otherwise. Justification for the rule in dance is founded in art and culture and doesn't suddenly go away just because the State starts interfering or organising dogmatic public dance competitions open to same-sex partners.
there have been many many judgments compelling gender-specific associations to accept members of the opposite sex.
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I'm drawing a distinction between acceptable and unacceptable forms of discrimination.
Discrimination-treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.
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