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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

People stand near blood stains in the street following last night's explosion in Kano, Nigeria, Monday, May 19, 2014. A car bomb exploded in the Christian neighborhood of Nigeria's second most populous and mainly Muslim city of Kano on Sunday night, killing at least four people, police said. Five people were wounded. Police Superintendent Aderenle Shinaba said the car exploded Sunday night before the bomber reached his target of the busy restaurants and bars lining Gold Coast Street, indicating the casualties could have been much higher. It was unclear if the bomber was among them. (AP Photo)

Nigeria elections put Christians in danger of more Muslim attacks

Muslim persecution of Christians is at a high tide — and there are grave fears of more sectarian bloodletting as millions of people in Nigeria, which is half Muslim and half Christian, vote for their national leaders next month. Published January 27, 2015

From left, Noah, Mikaela, Blanca and Blanca E. Magaña, sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the beginning of the "Walk for Life" rally and march, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in San Francisco. Thousands of abortion opponents gathered at Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall for the 11th annual event before marching down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. (AP Photo/Alex Washburn)

Millennials bucking trends on abortion approval

A hard-fought battle is being waged for the allegiance of young Americans on abortion, and pro-life leaders see fresh signs of hope that Roe v. Wade won't survive the millennial generation. Published January 25, 2015

Live Action founder and president Lila Rose was one of the speakers at a daylong conference Friday where 2,000 young pro-life supporters were urged to stay visible, stay active and stay hopeful in their efforts to end abortion in America. (Image courtesy of Students for Life of America)

Maryland pro-life conference energizes 2,000 students

Some 2,000 young pro-life supporters were urged to stay visible, stay active and stay hopeful at a daylong conference held Friday in Maryland as a follow up to the Jan. 22 March for Life. Published January 24, 2015

YouTube, Verizon and American Apparel were named Wednesday on the "dirty dozen" list of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Hardee's, YouTube, Verizon make 'dirty dozen' list

Verizon, YouTube, Cosmopolitan magazine, and the parent company of Hardee's restaurants are all part of the new "dirty dozen" list of entities that sell pornography or use explicit sexuality in their advertising. Published January 21, 2015

Pro-life supporters are gathered in Washington this week for the annual March for Life. More than half a million people are expected to participate in the 41st annual march and most of them will be young people - better known as "millennials," writes Christy Stutzman. (Associated Press)

March for Life will coincide with House vote on abortion

The 42nd annual March for Life protests against the Supreme Court rulings that made abortion a constitutional right will deliberately coincide with a House vote on a bill that the pro-life movement likes — but not the one they were hoping for this week. Published January 21, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mike Huckabee, two others named to Catholic conference lineup

The Catholic organization Legatus has named former Arkansas Gov Mike Huckabee and two others as speakers at its upcoming annual conference. They replace three people, including actor Gary Sinise, who withdrew last week, citing controversies surrounding the gathering. Published January 18, 2015

The Supreme Court (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Supreme Court to address gay marriage this year

This year's showdown on same-sex marriage was set Friday as the Supreme Court agreed to review an appellate court ruling that affects marriage laws in four states. Published January 16, 2015

A nonprofit group called Bloodstained Men & Their Friends protest newborn circumcision by wearing white pants with a red stain at the crotch. Some of the group's members are expected to join a protest at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 22, 2015 over its recommendation that health care providers be more proactive in discussing circumcision with parents of baby boys and "at-risk" heterosexual teens and men who aren't circumcised. (Photo courtesy of Bloodstained Men & Their Friends)

Circumcision proposal by CDC drawing detractors

A federal proposal to encourage discussions about circumcision for baby boys and at-risk men of all ages has drawn nearly 2,000 mostly negative comments and a planned protest in front of a federal agency this month. Published January 15, 2015

Gary Sinise.

Sinise among famous speakers withdrawing from Catholic event

Devout Catholics are dismayed — even angry — that actor Gary Sinise, Fox News journalist Bret Baier and MillerCoors Chairman Pete Coors have withdrawn from an annual Catholic conference, apparently over its inclusion of a gay man who preaches celibacy. Published January 14, 2015

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been fired for authoring a Christian book in 2013 that described homosexuality as a "sexual perversion." (atlantaga.gov)

Atlanta rally planned Tuesday for fired Christian fire chief

Atlanta pastors and allies are gathering Tuesday to support a fire chief who was suspended -- and then fired -- for writing a religious book for men that explicitly rejected homosexuality as an immoral behavior. Published January 12, 2015

A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of Nancy Rosenbrahn of Rapid City and other gay plaintiffs seeking the right to legally marry in South Dakota. In this file photo, Ms. Rosenbrahn was assembling decorations in preparation for a multiple couples wedding reception at the Moose Lodge in Rapid City in June. (AP Photo/Toby Brusseau)

South Dakota marriage law struck by judge

South Dakota's laws against same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday. She stayed her ruling, pending an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Published January 12, 2015