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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

Pro-life activist Joe Scheidler speaks during a morning ceremony of prayer vigils and rallies against late-term abortion near "late-term abortion provider" Dr. Leroy Carhart's clinic in Germantown, Md. on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. The prayers and rallies are a part of the nine-day pro-life protesting event, Summer of Mercy 2.0. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

1986 abortion case ends with $63k award to pro-life group

With the words, "at last it is over," a panel of federal judges have ruled that a national feminist group must pay a pro-life leader and his allies for costs associated with a court battle that began in 1986. Published April 30, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Legislation may reveal adoptees' birth mothers

A decades-long legislative battle over New Jersey adoption records appears to be coming to an end. On Monday, Republican Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill to permit adult adoptees to get their original birth certificates, but his instructions on how to fix the bill are likely to be accepted by lawmakers, advocates said. Published April 28, 2014

FILE - This Oct. 13, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaking in Philadelphia. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Kennedy said for the court that federal judges should exercise discretion in awarding restitution. The case involved a woman known in court papers by the pseudonym "Amy." Her losses have been pegged at nearly $3.4 million, based on the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of her being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Divided court strikes down big porn award

Victims of child pornography should be awarded restitution from persons convicted of having or viewing their images — but the amount of payment has to fit the scale of the offense, a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Published April 23, 2014

Gay-photo lawsuit partially dismissed

A Virginia traditional-values advocacy group has won a partial court victory in a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of a photo of two men kissing in two political mailers. Published April 8, 2014

Andrew Sullivan, who more or less began the public campaign for same-sex marriage in the 1990s, erupted with an article warning gays and liberals about "becoming just as intolerant of others' views as the Christianists." (Associated Press)

Some gay activists fear same-sex supporters are becoming intolerant

The resignation of a Silicon Valley executive who opposed gay marriage and refused to recant has sparked an online fight among gays about whether proponents of same-sex marriage are now going too far in trying to marginalize their opponents socially and economically. Published April 6, 2014

FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, left, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, Friday, March 21, 2014, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Michigan gay marriage battle focuses on kids

State gay marriage laws are under attack in courts across the land, but the legal battle over gay marriage in Michigan has broken new ground as a federal court has weighed — and rejected — research questioning the impact of same-sex unions on children. Published March 25, 2014

Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014. Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004.  Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman is not expected to make a decision Friday.  (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright)  DETROIT NEWS OUT;  NO SALES

Court grants injunction in Michigan gay marriage ruling

A federal judge's decision to overturn Michigan's traditional-marriage amendment, opening the door to Michigan becoming the 22nd state with legal gay marriage, was put on hold over the weekend by federal appeals court and the state governor. Published March 21, 2014

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Abortion foes condemn Wisconsin capital's buffer plan

City officials in Madison, Wisconsin have "tweaked" a far-reaching new buffer-zone law designed to keep demonstrators far away from health care facilities, but abortion opponents vow to proceed with their lawsuit to block the law. Published March 19, 2014

Public accommodations provision in Md. transgender rights bill draws outcry

Transgender-rights supporters in Maryland are hoping that this will be the year they get a nondiscrimination law enacted to safeguard their rights in society. But a provision involving "public accommodations" — including rest rooms, showers, lockers and dressing rooms — has drawn an outcry. Published March 6, 2014

In this March 13, 2009 file photo Uwe Romeike and his wife Hannelore work with their children Daniel (13 yrs.), Lydia (10 yrs.), Josua (9 yrs.), Christian (7 yrs.) and Damaris (3 yrs.) at their home Friday, March 13, 2009 in Morristown, Tenn. The couple had moved into a modest duplex home while they sought political asylum because they say they were persecuted for their religious beliefs by home-schooling their young children in Germany. School attendance is compulsory there and educating children at home is not allowed. The German couple who fled to Tennessee so they could homeschool their children have been granted political asylum by a U.S. immigration judge on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

German home-school family can stay in U.S. indefinitely

A German home-schooling family that was facing deportation by U.S. authorities will be permitted to stay here indefinitely, the leader of a national home-school support group said Tuesday. Published March 4, 2014