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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

"Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement. (Associated Press)

Religious leaders reject gay marriage ruling as legal battles loom

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right, the battleground is shifting to religious freedom and whether religious people and/or churches can be compelled to sanction behavior contrary to their religious beliefs. Published June 28, 2015

Spectators wave flags during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade as it makes its way up New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday,  June 14, 2015. Thousands of people turned out for the parade led by the island's governor. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Millennials eclipse baby boomers: Census

America's 75 million baby boomers are officially outnumbered by the far larger younger generation born between 1982 and 2000, the Census Bureau said Thursday. Published June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court is considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas, a judgment that will likely affect a case winding through the courts in Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Louisiana abortion law challenged at federal level

A federal judge Monday heard testimony in a trial challenging Louisiana's abortion law, while pro-choice advocates continued their wait on the Supreme Court to weigh in on a related legal fight in Texas. Published June 22, 2015

The character John Goodman (left) played on the sitcom "Roseanne" was cited as a positive example of a television father figure amid a glut of working-class bungling TV dads. (Associated Press)

TV sitcoms' working-class fathers depicted as 'bumbling,' 'incapable,' study finds

An analysis of 13 fathers in 12 recent TV sitcoms and their 699 interactions with their minor children showed that working-class fathers continued to be depicted less positively than middle-class fathers, said study author Jessica Troilo, assistant professor of child development and family studies at West Virginia University. Published June 18, 2015

Good News Community Church Pastor Clyde Reed, center, smiles as he leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, with his wife Ann, left. The Supreme Court appears likely to side with a small church in its fight with a Phoenix suburb over limits on roadside signs directing people to Sunday services. Liberal and conservative justices expressed misgivings Monday with the Gilbert, Arizona, sign ordinance because it places more restrictions on the churches' temporary signs than those erected by political candidates, real estate agents and others. The Good News Community Church sued over limits that Gilbert places on so-called directional signs, like the ones the church places around town to point people to its services in local schools and retirement communities. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Justices rule against sign code, favor license plate refusal

In separate free-speech rulings Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against an Arizona town's sign code, which was used to punish a small, local church, but in favor of Texas officials who refused to issue a license plate bearing a Confederate flag. Published June 18, 2015

R.J. McVeigh, 23, says life with wife Brianna and daughter Arabella has been a joy and a challenge. "Marriage kept the good parts of me the same and challenged the not-so-good parts to improve." (Image courtesy of R.J. McVeigh).

Fatherhood changes men for the better: study

What has marriage and fatherhood meant to a young Michigan man? Simply put, an end to the days of self-amusement and the start of a life of purpose and fulfillment. Published June 18, 2015