Alan Wilson has consistently been an avid defender of the Constitution and South Carolina State Laws, even when it meant challenging the federal government. He has defended the right-to-work laws in South Carolina, led the twenty-six state challenge to the federal health care ordinance, defended South Carolina’s immigration policies in court, and successfully protected the voter identification law in South Carolina. Wilson works in alliance with other U.S. Attorney Generals to uphold the rule of law and defend the constitution on various matters such as EPA overreach, MOX Facility, Yucca Mountain, Religious Freedom, Dodd-Frank, Obamacare and much more. Currently, Wilson is leading the fight against seismic testing and possible gas and oil exploration in the South Carolina coast and Bayport.
During 2012, Alan Wilson worked enthusiastically with local legislators to improve the human trafficking laws in South Carolina. This involvement gave rise to the Human Trafficking Task Force’s establishment, chaired by the A.G.’s office. These efforts proved fruitful and allowed South Carolina to transcend from having one of the worst statutes in America to one of the best. In November 2013, Alan Wilson was subsequently elected as the Chairperson of the RAGA, an association of Republican Attorney Generals.
Alan Wilson is actively anti-same-sex marriage and has led various campaigns against same-sex marriage in South Carolina. For instance, in October 2014, he defended state law and requested that South Carolina’s Supreme Court intervene and ban the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina. At the time, the 4th Circuit Court of appeals had given a ruling allowing the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.
In July 2017, Alan Wilson, together with nine other Republican state governors including Ken Paxton of Texas and Butch Otter of Idaho, led a campaign against the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy that had been established by President Barrack Obama.
Alan Wilson is clear about his anti-marijuana stand and considers marijuana the most dangerous drug in America. He has denounced legislation that would make it legal for medical practitioners to give medical marijuana prescriptions to patients. In 2019, U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter sponsored the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, which would allow marijuana-related enterprises in various territories and states in the U.S. to use the banking system. If passed into law, the legislation would allow the government to monitor the industry more effectively, reduce the insecurities of running cash-only only enterprises, and allow taxes to be collected in the billion-dollar industry. Alan Wilson and sixteen other Attorney Generals did not support the bill because they considered the negative implications of such a law would exceed the benefits.
In July 2020, Alan Wilson filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 18 states, including South Carolina, to support the Mississippi law banning non-emergency abortions of pregnancies that are over 15 weeks old. This Mississippi law is in line with the most recent scientific and medical findings and protects the lives of unborn children. In 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe v. Wade making abortion legal in America, a baby could only survive outside the womb after a 28-week gestation period. Currently, a baby born at 21 weeks old can survive. The most recent scientific findings show that a 15-week old baby can feel pain, which is why Mississippi set the law restricting abortion. The research also showed that babies develop all the fundamental psychological functions by the time they are 12 weeks. Wilson’s brief to the Supreme court is in line with the precedents from other Supreme Court cases. It states that the Mississippi does not entirely prohibit abortions or impose an unnecessary burden on women.