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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively on welfare and family issues such as child support enforcement, abstinence and sex education, child welfare, sexually transmitted diseases, marriage, divorce, cohabiting and gay marriage.

She has won several newspaper awards, including 1977 Cub Reporter of the Year and 1983 Heart of New York award, both from the New York Press Club.

Articles by Cheryl Wetzstein

President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."  (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool) **FILE**

Family-values groups object to Obama's orders on immigration

President Obama is selling his unilateral immigration package unveiled last week as, in part, a way to keep millions of families from breaking up. But family-values groups, many of which focus heavily on keeping families together on matters such as refugee and asylum cases for home-schoolers, are rallying around one position: White House usurpation of the issue is wrong. Published November 23, 2014

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, said the administration's handling of the abortion issue in the Affordable Care Act has been "unconscionable," and the new website should be a helpful tool for consumers who don't want to pay for other people's abortions. (Associated Press)

Website exposes insurance plans' abortion coverage

Decrying the lack of "transparency" about abortion coverage in health care plans, pro-life groups are asking consumers to visit a new, privately operated website to see which insurance plans cover abortion, which do not, and which are "unknown" on the issue. Published November 20, 2014

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, applauded various watchdog groups for determining what health plans allow for election abortions.  (Associated Press)

Groups push for openness on subsidized abortions

In response to evidence that hundreds of taxpayer-subsidized health care plans under Obamacare include abortion coverage, pro-life groups are using a Capitol Hill press briefing Thursday to launch a new website aimed at making clear which plans will pay for the procedure. Published November 19, 2014

FRCAction and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

Author sees growing religious censorship in U.S.

America's religious believers are facing a growing movement to censor expressions of faith and should prepare both to put up a fight and to suffer in the struggle, a prominent Christian leader and author told the Family Research Council Tuesday. Published November 18, 2014

Pope Francis shakes hands with Senegal's President Macky Sall during a private audience, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Pope Francis: Man-woman union at 'root of marriage'

Pope Francis said Tuesday that the union of a man and a woman is "at the root of marriage," dashing hopes among gay rights supporters that he might open the door to acceptance of same-sex unions by the Catholic Church. Published November 18, 2014

2nd Wives Club growing: Remarriages on the rise

Many blushing American brides have been down aisle before, says a new study that finds that four in 10 of new marriages have at least one partner who was previously married. Published November 14, 2014

Deb Allegree inputs records at the Wayne County Courthouse in Richmond, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. The eastern Indiana county tops the nation in the percentage of population that's divorced, but some Wayne County residents don't see any reason why their home should be labeled as a mecca for divorced people.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) **FILE**

Advocates call for family court reforms

Advocates for reform of the nation's family court system met in the Washington, D.C., area this weekend for a conference on divorce, child support and related issues. Published November 14, 2014

Tasha Burns holds her daughter, Heaven, 13 months, as her son, Brian, 4 months, sleeps at rear in a Salvation Army homeless shelter in Oklahoma City on April 3, 2007. The Burns family has been homeless since Hurricane Katrina hit Florida in August of 2005. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Salvation Army can't evict women for pregnancy: HUD

The Salvation Army has agreed to pay $12,000 to each of four homeless women and change its transitional-housing program policy under a pregnancy nondiscrimination settlement with a federal housing agency. Published November 12, 2014

Gay-rights advocates, including filmmaker Ryan James Yezak, will be on hand to urge an advisory panel of experts for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to permit blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). (Department of Defense)

Hearings to weigh revision of gay blood-donor ban

The Obama administration begins a series of hearings Thursday that many expect will bring the first easing of the blanket ban on gay men donating blood, a ban that was instituted in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Published November 12, 2014

Signs outside a polling place support different opinions on an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The amendment would expand the power of legislators to pass more abortion regulations. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Pro-choice activists sue to stop Tennessee abortion amendment

A nationally watched Tennessee abortion amendment was passed overwhelmingly on Nov. 4, but pro-choice supporters are asking a federal judge to force a recount or set aside their loss on the grounds that the votes weren't properly tallied. Published November 11, 2014

"We have been awaiting this decision for some time, and welcome it not only as a tremendous victory, but as a common-sense recognition that it is not for the federal courts to substitute their judgment about whether same-sex 'marriage' is a good idea or not, but to leave it to the people to make the decision about this fundamental institution," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. (Associated Press)

Gay marriage bans upheld in four states, snapping same-sex win streak

To the jubilation of groups that support traditional marriage, a federal appellate court Thursday upheld laws against gay marriage laws in four states, setting the stage for a near-certain constitutional clash over the issue at the Supreme Court. Published November 6, 2014