The department acknowledged in May that it offered offered Walsh a job as director of a district including the counties of Cherokee, Pickens, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin and Gilmer. But Deal said at the time the offer was contingent upon a background check.
The Los Angeles Times reported in May that Walsh resigned from his job as public health director in Pasadena, Calif., two days before Georgia rescinded its job offer. Pasadena City College students found videos of his sermons online after Walsh was named to replace the college’s commencement speaker, an openly gay screenwriter. The students shared Walsh’s statements with the media, and Walsh canceled his appearance as speaker. The screenwriter ended up giving the speech, the Times said.
Lee Parks, Walsh’s attorney, said Walsh also plans to file a civil rights suit against the state.
“You don’t have to agree with what he says, but you have to agree that he has the right to say it,” Parks said.