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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

Rep. Sandy Adams, Florida Republican, is the lead author of a bill to renew the nation's domestic-violence prevention law. A House panel passed the bill during a daylong session Tuesday despite the objections of Democrats. (Associated Press)

Domestic-violence law advanced by House panel

A House panel passed a bill Tuesday to renew the nation's domestic-violence prevention law over objections of Democrats who said it didn't go far enough to protect certain groups and rolled back protections for others. Published May 8, 2012

A substantial number of people wait in line outside the Durham County Board of Elections building Saturday in Durham, N.C. They turned out for the last day of early voting for or against the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in North Carolina. (Associated Press)

North Carolina voting on gay marriage

Opponents of North Carolina's marriage amendment are aiming to pull out a surprise victory Tuesday, while supporters are fighting to ensure that their state joins the rest of the South in saying that only marriages between one man and one woman are legally valid. Published May 6, 2012

California state Sen. Ted W. Lieu (Associated Press)

Ban urged on therapy to convert gays

California groups that support parental rights and therapies to help people escape unwanted same-sex attractions are fighting a first-of-its-kind California bill that would ban such sessions for teens and children, and discourage them for adults. Published May 3, 2012

"It's not about who gets the credit; it's about who gets help," said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, urging GOP colleagues to support the Violence Against Women Act. (Associated Press)

Senate OKs renewal of anti-violence law

The Senate on Thursday handily passed a bill to renew the federal government's main program to prevent domestic violence, but many Republicans declined to support it because they said it was loaded up with too many new provisions that were unneeded or unconstitutional. Published April 26, 2012

"Violence knows no bounds," says Rep. Kristi L. Noem, South Dakota Republican, during a news briefing Wednesday with 11 other GOP women lawmakers. (Associated Press)

GOP wants to keep politics out of domestic-violence bill

House Republicans said Wednesday that they intend to swiftly pass a domestic-violence law and remove the issue from election-year politicizing, though the Democrat-led Senate is prepared to vote on a different bill on the issue Thursday. Published April 25, 2012

Republican opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in its current form will "absolutely" be used against them as a campaign issue, according to (from left) Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, and Sen. Patty Murray, of Washington, all Democrats. (Associated Press)

Clash over bill to protect women

The Senate is poised to take up this week a bill addressing domestic violence, but past bipartisan support for reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has frayed and two Republican lawmakers are preparing their own alternative measure. Published April 22, 2012


Lawmaker backs Catholic bishops

The author of the nation's laws to protect human-trafficking victims said Wednesday he supports Catholic bishops in their efforts to overturn a federal judge's ruling and correct what they view as an "abuse of power" by the Obama administration. Published April 18, 2012

Dueling reasons for the falling teen birthrate

The good news that U.S. teen birthrates are continuing to fall has resurrected the debate about how much credit for the trend should go to contraception and how much to abstinence. Published April 15, 2012

**FILE** Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Associated Press)

States make headway on abortion restriction

At least 75 bills to restrict abortion passed one state legislative chamber in the first quarter of 2012, the Guttmacher Institute said Friday. Published April 15, 2012

Archbishop-designate William E. Lori is the head of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (Associated Press)

Bishops plea against obeying 'unjust laws'

A panel of the nation's Catholic bishops said Thursday that their flock "must have the courage not to obey unjust laws" and called for Catholic political leaders, clergy and laity to pray, fast and speak out for religious liberty during a two-week period that ends on Independence Day. Published April 12, 2012

**FILE** Jannily Conejo, 2 months, is fed by her mother at the teen pregnancy program offered at the Upper Cordoza Clinic. (The Washington Times)

Plunging birthrate of U.S. teens 'amazing'

In 16 states, teen birthrates tumbled by at least 20 percent in recent years, the federal government said in a report. Large declines such as these helped push the nation's teen birthrate to a new low in 2010. Published April 10, 2012

Jerry Sandusky fondled, exposed himself or had sex with boys, eight alleged victims told a grand jury. (Centre Daily Times via Associated Press)

Child abuse shames and silences victims

The child sex-abuse accusations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky are staggering and yet familiar. Published April 8, 2012

Mary Bonauto, an attorney for GLAD, addresses reporters Wednesday after a hearing at the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Lawyers for the gay group contend that a federal law that denies benefits to married gay couples is discriminatory. (Associated Press)

Appeals court hears case for gay marriage

A three-judge federal appellate court heard arguments Wednesday on whether a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman - thus denies marital benefits to gay couples married under state law - is constitutional. Published April 4, 2012

Mo. school agrees to unblock gay websites

A Missouri school district has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union over student access to pro-gay websites. Published March 29, 2012

** FILE ** Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks at a rally for opponents of same-sex marriage in Augusta, Maine, in August 2010. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Papers reveal plans of foes of gay marriage

Gay-rights groups are trumpeting the disclosure of internal strategic and financial documents written three years ago by their most formidable opponent in the gay-marriage battle. Published March 27, 2012

Study: Families trending toward open adoptions

An estimated 95 percent of U.S. infant adoptions now have some level of openness between birth parents and adoptive parents, unlike earlier decades, when such contact was routinely denied, says a report released Wednesday.. Published March 21, 2012