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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

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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

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

Kathy Motlagh (left) and her sister Sara Motlagh have founded ThinkVirtues Inc., an Illinois company aimed at teaching children virtues as a way to encourage good citizenship and fight bullying. (Image courtesy of ThinkVirtues Inc.)

'Virtues' classes, home study aimed at preventing bullying

An Illinois company started by two sisters believes teaching children at school -- and at home -- about virtues and morals is key to solving a host of social problems, including bullying and youth violence. Published March 24, 2015

Louis Zamperini gestures during a news conference Friday May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. Ninety-seven-year-old World War II hero and former Olympian, Zamperini has been named grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

'Legacy of Faith' bonus tells the rest of the story of the 'unbroken' Louis Zamperini

The first three acts of Louis Zamperini's life were captured in "Unbroken," the blockbuster film that covered Zamperini's childhood, his track star years and the harrowing experiences of being lost at sea for nearly seven weeks and then sent to a Japanese prison camp. The next important chapters of his life are now available in "Legacy of Faith," a special edition bonus disc included with Tuesday's home release of "Unbroken" on Blu-ray and DVD. Published March 22, 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)

Civil rights groups blast religious liberty acts

Laws designed to protect religious liberty act more like "licenses to discriminate" against sexual minorities, women and reproductive issues, civil rights leaders said Tuesday. Published March 17, 2015

In this Oct. 3, 2009 photo, Tenderfoot Scout Bradley Corr, 11, left, his father Warren Corr, Troop 29 committee member, right, and his grandfather Ted Corr, who is Unit Commissioner with the Forks of the Delaware district of the Minis Trails Council walk along the shore of Stillwater Lake at Boy Scout camp at Camp Minsi in Pocono Summit, Pa. As the Boy Scouts of America heads toward its 100th anniversary in February, its first century adds up to a remarkable saga, full of achievement, complexity and contradiction. On one hand, no other U.S. youth organization has served as many boys, an estimated 112 million over the years. On the other hand, in both the courts and the public arena, the BSA has doggedly defended its right to discriminate, excluding gays and atheists from its ranks, and overriding requests from some local units to soften those policies. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Boy Scouts take another controversial stand: A good scout is a vaccinated scout

Boy Scouts are expected to embody virtues like being trustworthy, kind and obedient, but they are also expected to stay healthy -- which is why national policy urges boys, teens and adults to stay up on their vaccinations. However, due to the current debate on vaccine safety, this longtime health policy has received blowback from some families. Published March 16, 2015