A Seekonk businessman accused the town government on Wednesday of denying he and his partner a business license because they are gay. The town’s building commissioner/zoning enforcement officer says the denial has nothing to do with discrimination. What the two men want to do, she said, is not allowed by town law.
Robert Gaudette and William Adams purchased the property at 15 Fall River Ave. in 2005. They began living there and soon started using the site to sell antiques, as had been done with the property in the past. But they did not sell the items in-person. When the men decided a few years later they wanted to open the place as a regular shop, they were told to obtain a business license because the antique shop had not been operating for at least two years.