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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein, a Washington Times staff member since 1985, is manager of special sections in The Washington Times' Advertising and Marketing Department.

Previously, she spent 30 years as a Washington Times news reporter, covering national domestic policy, in addition to being 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

Study finds teens postponing sex, using birth control more

Despite fears of a hypersexual culture, most American teens are postponing sex until their late teens or older, and typically use some kind of birth control when they do start, according to an extensive new federal study released Wednesday. Published October 12, 2011

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York said that President Obama has not responded to a letter he wrote about the Catholic Church's concerns. (Associated Press)

Bishops push back against Obama on social issues

Alarmed by what they see as deeper government intrusion into issues such as reproductive health care and gay marriage, the nation's Catholic bishops have created a committee to identify and resist threats to religious freedom. Published October 5, 2011

Study: Modern economies 'rise and fall' with nuclear families

If the wealth of a nation is tied to both the quality and the quantity of its people, then modern trends toward cohabiting instead of marrying, easy divorce and fewer children born to couples will have sweeping economic consequences, a new report says. Published October 3, 2011

Pro-life activists take part Sunday in the 20th annual Life Chain, a nationwide anti-abortion protest, in New Bern, N.C. The protest was one of hundreds held across the country. The state's "Woman's Right to Know" law goes into effect Oct. 26. (Associated Press)

Lawsuit in N.C. seeks to undo abortion law requiring ultrasound

A group of abortion clinics, doctors and pro-choice groups are suing to block a North Carolina law that would require a pregnant woman to have an ultrasound and receive information about her fetus before she can obtain an abortion. Published October 2, 2011

Census: Households led by gay couples rose 80 percent

The number of U.S. households led by same-sex couples rose about 80 percent in the past 10 years, and more than 130,000 couples listed themselves as married, new U.S. Census Bureau data show. Published September 27, 2011

** FILE ** Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (Associated Press)

Alimony reform in Mass. ends pay until death

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a sweeping reform of Massachusetts' alimony system that activists are praising as bringing rational criteria to a hodgepodge system and for ending "alimony-until-death" payments. Published September 26, 2011

"While all persons merit our full respect, no other relationships provide for the common good what marriage between husband and wife provides. The law should reflect this reality," New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan wrote in a letter to President Obama. (Associated Press)

Catholic bishops push Obama for 'reset' on marriage law

The nation's Catholic bishops have urged President Obama to "push the reset button" on his administration's treatment of a federal marriage law, or face an enormous national conflict between church and state. Published September 22, 2011

Backers rally for tough 'heartbeat' abortion bill

Hundreds of pro-life supporters rallied Tuesday as part of a drive to make Ohio the first state in the country to pass a law effectively banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Published September 20, 2011

Gays take fight against DOMA to Connecticut

The House of Representatives has failed to defend its federal marriage law, and it should be thrown out, attorneys for six gay couples and a gay widower said in recent court papers. Published September 18, 2011

L.F. Eason of Cary, N.C., voices his opposition to a state constitutional amendment that would say marriage between a man and a woman is the only legaldomestic union in North Carolina, at a rally in Raleigh on Tuesday, the day the state Senate voted to put the marriage issue to a vote in 2012. (Associated Press)

Same-sex marriage ban will be on 2012 ballot in N.C.

North Carolina voters will decide in May whether to effectively ban same-sex marriages in the state constitution, now that both chambers of the Republican-dominated General Assembly have passed a bill allowing the measure to be put on the ballot. Published September 13, 2011

New poverty numbers reflect post-recession blues

In the first full calendar year after the Great Recession, the U.S. poverty rate jumped past 15 percent, the highest in 17 years, as a new historical high of 46.2 million Americans fell below the official poverty line, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Published September 13, 2011

Granting personhood to fetuses will be on Miss. ballot

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for an amendment to the state constitution granting "personhood" to fetuses to go to voters in November though the court did not render a position on the measure's constitutionality, should it pass. Published September 8, 2011

Report: Severe hunger affects fewer households

Fewer U.S. households experienced severe hunger last year, but the overall number of homes struggling to keep healthy meals on the table every day stayed the same. Published September 7, 2011

As porn's pre-eminent domain, .xxx to mark spot

Beginning this week, the Internet's "red-light district" will be open for business as the rush for ".xxx" domain registrations starts in earnest, but whether the new tag to alert — and attract — Web surfers to porn sites will meet expectations is a matter of sharp debate. Published September 4, 2011

Alabama latest state to impose abortion restrictions

Alabama on Thursday officially became the fifth state in the nation to restrict abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the latest in a wave of new state efforts to curb the practice this year. Published August 31, 2011