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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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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

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— even angry — that actor Gary Sinise, Fox News journalist Bret Baier and MillerCoors Chairman Pete Coors have withdrawn from an annual Catholic conference, apparently over its inclusion of a gay man who preaches celibacy.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

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

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, joined other pro-life leaders Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to announce a new project of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that will focus on grandparents, siblings, clinic staff and others impacted by abortion. (The Washington Times)

Project helps family members grieving loss by abortion

Grandparents, siblings, friends and others affected by the nation's 56 million abortions are being invited to connect with a new project aimed at relieving their grief and loss, a group of pro-life leaders said Thursday. Published January 8, 2015

HIV infections acquired at health care jobs are now very rare in the United States, the federal government said Thursday. Of the dozens of known U.S. health care workplace-acquired HIV infections, most involved an accidental needle stick. (AP Photo/Luis Romero)

HIV workplace infections very rare: CDC

HIV infections acquired in the workplace have become very rare: In the last 14 years, only one known health care worker has become HIV-infected on the job, the federal government said Thursday. Published January 8, 2015

Carmay Albano cuts a paper star for the Center for Victims quilt, an event to raise awareness of domestic violence in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Married homes least likely to be violent: study

Children living in unwed-mother homes are more likely to see domestic violence than children growing up with their married mother and father, says a new analysis. Published January 7, 2015

Taking "selfies" has become a fun and popular practice, as this Texas football fan shows. But a new study of men and social media finds that guys who post a lot of selfies on social media also tend to be narcissistic and self-objectifying. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Male 'selfies' linked to vanity

Men who post frequent "selfies" on social media score higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy, says a new study. Published January 7, 2015

Several pages on Facebook have been created in memory of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide Dec. 28.

Vigils planned for transgender teen after suicide

Transgender and gay rights advocates are calling for vigils to be held this weekend in honor of a teen who committed suicide after his family opposed his desire to transition to a girl. Published January 2, 2015