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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

Sex-education funds to be renewed

The Senate has approved funding for sex education that includes the "comprehensive" approach favored by the Obama administration and the "risk-avoidance" one favored by traditional-values supporters. Published April 15, 2015

The dome of the Capitol stands in the background as Stephen Saras, of Atlanta, holds a rainbow colored flag during a rally against a contentious "religious freedom" bill, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Atlanta. The Georgia Senate gave decisive approval to the bill, one of a wave of measures surfacing in at least a dozen states that critics say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

White House comments banning gay therapy draw mixed reaction

A White House announcement that all states should ban sexual orientation "conversion" therapy for youth has set the nation talking. Psychotherapist Christopher Doyle, director of the International Healing Foundation, countered that it's wrong to think that all youth who experience same-sex attraction are gay. Published April 9, 2015

Jan Palmer, a biology teacher at Central High School in Aberdeen, S.D., top right, leads her Advanced Placement/Rising Scholars biology class through a practice test in this March 14, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Aberdeen American News, Kevin Bennett, File)

5 myths about teen sex

Adults and teens who think that all teens are "doing it," or that "hooking up" is more common than romantic relationships are in for a surprise: Studies do not support these concepts, says a research group on children and youth. Published April 7, 2015

Peggy Young, a Virginia woman who lost her UPS job because she became pregnant, left, accompanied Marcia Greenberger, founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center, center, and Young's attorney, Sharon Fast Gustafson, right, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Working while pregnant increasingly common

With well over half of first-time mothers staying on the job during their pregnancies, a recent Supreme Court ruling calling for a full hearing on a pregnancy discrimination cases comes at a good time, a new research report suggests. Published April 3, 2015

Wedding rings (Wikimedia Commons)

8 ideas to protect marriage and lower divorce risk

There are at least eight ways couples can find their way back to a happy union, nationally known marriage researcher Scott M. Stanley wrote recently on the Institute for Family Studies blog. Published April 2, 2015

Vietnamese 'Operation Babylift' marks 40th anniversary

On April 3, 1975, as the war in Vietnam was reaching its chaotic conclusion, President Ford announced that all Vietnamese children identified for adoption should be immediately airlifted out of Saigon. Published April 2, 2015

FILE- In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. The cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will be argued April 28, and a decision is expected by early summer.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Adults with gay parents say same-sex marriage isn't good for kids

A group of adults who oppose gay marriage even though they were raised by gay, lesbian or transgender parents filed briefs with the Supreme Court Friday in hopes that their real-life experiences will dissuade the justices from legalizing the nuptials nationwide. Published March 27, 2015