The Boy Scouts won a Supreme Court case in 1991 that upheld its right as a private organization to discriminate.
Allow small businesses—for-profit wedding chapels, caterers, florists—to discriminate against gays.
But in so doing, it should not discriminate against all Jews.
1620s, from Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare "to divide, separate," from discrimen (genitive discriminis) "interval, distinction, difference," derived noun from discernere (see discern). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, American English. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated. Also used 17c. and after as an adjective meaning "distinct."