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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

**FILE** Demonstrators hold a mock California state flag as students and others protest the California Supreme Court's upholding of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriages, in a march and rally from the UCLA campus to the West Los Angeles Federal Building on May 26, 2009. (Associated Press)

Appeals court backs Calif. gay conversion ban

California's first-in-the-nation law banning so-called "gay conversion" therapies for minors with same-sex attractions survived a key legal test Thursday as a three-judge federal appellate panel rejected a challenge to the law. Published August 29, 2013

Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, that undercover investigations from pro-life groups like Live Action have collected video evidence showing "the actions and mentality of the Kermit Gosnell clinic are not limited to Pennsylvania." (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Stricter rules on abortions questioned

Thousands of pages of documents from states on abortion activities requested by two House committees offer "no support" to Republican state-level calls for tougher abortion laws, according to a report released Wednesday by pro-choice activists. Published August 21, 2013

** FILE ** This photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds to questions during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Christian churches warned of Boy Scout legal risks

Christian churches are being warned that if they continue to sponsor Boy Scout troops, they are opening themselves to multiple legal challenges that could affect whether they can "freely preach the Gospel." Published August 14, 2013

** FILE ** California Gov. Jerry Brown. (Associated Press)

California enacts nation's first law protecting transgender students

Children in California public schools must be accommodated based on their self-perceived gender identity — which means biological girls may use boys' bathrooms and biological boys may join the girls' cheerleading squads — under a law signed Monday by California Gov. Jerry Brown. Published August 12, 2013

An Alabama agency revoked Diane Derzis' abortion clinic license after problems were found at the Birmingham clinic, including improper administration of medicines and building accessibility to emergency responders. (Associated Press)

Abortions went on at shuttered clinic

An Alabama judge ruled Thursday that a doctor who has been providing abortions in a closed Birmingham clinic is himself operating without a proper license and must stop immediately. Published August 8, 2013

**FILE** Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (left), famous for her 12-hour filibuster attempt against an anti-abortion rights bill, greets attendees at a fundraiser on July 25, 2013, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Pro-choice hero Davis weighs Texas gov. run

Wendy Davis, Texas' famous filibustering lawmaker who literally stood against a pro-life law for nearly 13 hours on the floor of the state Senate in June, said Monday she is weighing a run for governor next year in the wake of her newfound celebrity. Published August 5, 2013

D. Bruce Hanes, clerk of the Orphans' Court of Montgomery County, Pa., near Philadelphia, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when he "decided to come down on the right side of history." Same-sex marriages are still illegal in Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

Pa. agency moves to halt licenses for gay marriage

The battle over gay marriage in Pennsylvania, one of the last Northeast states where same-sex unions are illegal, heated up Tuesday as a state agency went to court to order a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Published July 30, 2013

Gary Paul Wright is part a large gathering on the boardwalk in Asbury Park as the New Jersey United for Marriage campaign announces that several national groups that support recognition of same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed. (Associated Press)

Gay-marriage campaign heads to state courts

The Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage are barely a month old, but they have generated a wave of lawsuits and political battles as gay-rights supporters continue their quest to hoist the rainbow flag in every state. Published July 25, 2013

Judge blocks fetal heartbeat abortion ban

A first-in-the-nation law to outlaw most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is heard — possibly around six weeks gestation — has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge in North Dakota. Published July 22, 2013

Court fight nearing end over ‘Baby Veronica’

A preschooler at the heart of a custody battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court has been ordered to be placed with the adoptive parents who cared for her early in her life. Published July 19, 2013

** FILE ** Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a ceremonial signing of a water fund bill on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas abortion law fracas not over

The tough new abortion restrictions signed into law Thursday by Texas Gov. Rick Perry will almost certainly be challenged in court, the American Civil Liberties Union promised, and are already fueling a movement to unseat the lawmakers who supported the measure, angry pro-choice leaders said. Published July 18, 2013

** FILE ** Public service posters in English and Spanish are seen at a news conference to announce a Los Angeles County program to provide young women in South Los Angeles with home-testing kits for sexually transmitted diseases, at a news conference in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2011. Los Angeles County has the highest number of chlamydia cases and the second-highest number of gonorrhea cases in the country. (Associated Press)

Drug-resistant gonorrhea cured in new drug trial

A clinical trial has found two treatment options to cure increasingly drug-resistant modern strains of gonorrhea, but they often have side effects, and federal officials called for more research Monday. Published July 15, 2013

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said "no amount of legal wrangling" is going to undo the joy of gay couples who are now free to marry. (Associated Press)

Proposition 8 backers can't halt gay marriage licenses

A lawsuit that claims that California's Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is still in effect will go forward — but county clerks can continue to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, the California Supreme Court said Monday. Published July 15, 2013

Wyatt Tan (left) and Mark Nomadiou, both of New York City, kiss in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, before the start of a court hearing on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In the second of back-to-back gay-marriage cases, the high court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Gay men mobilize to lift ban on donating blood; activists cite more awareness of HIV

Ramping up their fight to overturn a ban dating back to 1985 and the emergence of the AIDS crisis, gay-rights organizers are preparing an unprecedented "national gay blood drive" Friday to urge the federal government to change its donation policy and allow some openly gay and bisexual men to give blood. Published July 11, 2013