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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

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting on Friday, May 23, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn., after being selected as the organization's new president. Gates is taking over one of the nation's largest youth organizations as it fights a membership decline and debates its policy toward gays. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

In interview, Gates gives no signs of changes on gays in Scouting

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, now national president of the Boy Scouts of America, says he took the job because "the country needs scouting now more than ever," but gave no sign he plans to reopen the group's divisive debates over the role of gays in Scouting. Published September 16, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill clarifying that alimony should be limited to the number of years of wedlock for couples married less than 20 years. It also gives clarity to handling cohabitating, retirement and unemployment. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

New Jersey updates alimony laws

New Jersey has joined a small but growing number of states that have updated alimony laws that critics say reflected outdated models of work, longevity, relationships and gender participation in the workforce. Published September 11, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a meeting in Atlantic City N.J.  that he convened on Monday Sept. 8, 2014 about the future of Atlantic City. The meeting with elected officials and casino executives came hours after Christie's administration said it would allow the state's casinos and horse tracks to immediately begin offering sports betting, a move assumed to be challenged in court by the major professional and collegiate sports leagues. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Christie signs bill tightening alimony rules

Couples who end up in New Jersey divorce courts are no longer likely to face "permanent" alimony, according to a law signed Wednesday evening by Gov. Chris Christie. Published September 10, 2014

High court to consider another crack at gay marriage

The Supreme Court Wednesday gave the clearest signal yet it is ready to wade once again into the legal war over gay marriage, formally adding a slew of gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29. Published September 10, 2014

Artist Gilbert Baker, designer of the Rainbow Flag, holds a "Boycott Homophobia" banner before the start of the St. Patrick's Day parade in March. Three Irish gay groups are applying to be in the parade after a gay broadcast-employees group was approved. (Associated Press)

Inclusion of gay group in St. Patrick's Day Parade angers both sides

In the wake of news that a gay broadcast-employees group has been approved to march in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, three Irish gay groups said Tuesday they are applying too — and if they're rejected, they want the approved gay group to drop out. Published September 9, 2014

Despite the new ruling from a federal judge in favor of gay marriage, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sent his clerks a note reminding them that an earlier stay against the practice remains in effect statewide. (Associated Press)

Gay marriage notches wins in Wisconsin, Indiana

Gay marriage laws in Wisconsin and Indiana were struck down Thursday by a federal appellate court, adding another victory to gay plaintiffs and moving the issue closer to the Supreme Court. Published September 4, 2014

** FILE ** Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Clinics push to block La. abortion regs

Abortion providers went to federal court in Louisiana Thursday to stop a law from going into effect Monday that they say will force them to close their clinics. Published August 28, 2014

Alarms raised again on drug-resistant gonorrhea

Public health officials are sounding the alarm -- again -- about the looming problem of drug-resistant gonorrhea in the wake of a Swedish study about four cases that didn't immediately respond to treatment. Published August 27, 2014

Dorothea Langsam, an attorney for the Lebanon Road Surgery Center of Sharonville, Ohio, announces during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at her law office in Cincinnati, that the Cincinnati-area abortion clinic has ended its fight with the state over a closure order and will stop performing surgical abortions on Friday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

New Ohio abortion rules close decades-old clinic

Supporters of a Cincinnati area clinic that is ending its surgical abortion services Friday say it is the latest victim of a political attack — and that Ohio is at risk of losing even more of its abortion clinics. Published August 21, 2014