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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

ACLU battles schools over gay websites

A fierce legal battle on free speech and family values is brewing about Internet filters used by school administrators to block students' access to gay educational and advocacy websites. Published August 29, 2011

Census Bureau gets specific on nuptials

The marriage market for men was bullish in Arkansas and several Western states in 2009, while divorce rates on the two coasts were lower than they were in the Old South, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday in a first-of-its-kind survey of American mating and splitting patterns in the states. Published August 24, 2011

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Welfare reform law faces revision at 15

Don't expect much hoopla or cake-cutting as the landmark welfare reform law passed by President Clinton and congressional Republicans in the mid-1990s celebrates its 15th anniversary Monday. Published August 21, 2011

House attorneys: Marriage law constitutional

Attorneys for the House of Representatives this week asked a federal court to throw out a case against the Defense of Marriage Act, saying the 1996 law is both constitutional and rational. Published August 16, 2011

"The number of HIV infections remains far too high. HIV is preventable, and we need to do more to prevent it," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The Washington Times)

National HIV infection rate levels off

An estimated 50,000 HIV cases are diagnosed each year in America, indicating that the infection rate for the deadly disease is relatively stable — although at an unacceptably high level, public health officials said Wednesday. Published August 3, 2011

Values groups file suit to overturn law on homosexual marriages

The day after New York became the sixth U.S. state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, two traditional-values groups filed a lawsuit to overturn the law, saying that politicians used a "corrupt legislative process" to enact it. Published July 25, 2011

N.Y. gay marriage law faces first legal challenge

The day after New York became the sixth U.S. state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a traditional-values law firm filed a lawsuit to overturn the law, saying that politicians used a "corrupt legislative process" to enact it. Published July 25, 2011

Gay-marriage foes cite polygamy suit

Reality-TV star Kody Brown and his "sister wives" may not intend to be an example of the "slippery slope" in the gay-marriage debate, but their new lawsuit against Utah's anti-polygamy laws bolsters the argument that legalizing marriage for same-sex couples could open the door to recognition of other kinds of marriages. Published July 24, 2011

Democrats urge DOMA repeal

Senate and House Democrats urged their colleagues at a Wednesday hearing to support a bill that would repeal the federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, so federal benefits and rights can flow to gay couples who are legally married under a state law. Published July 20, 2011

"We're in this for the long march, not just the short hop," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, in backing a Respect for Marriage Act. (Associated Press)

Gay couples back DOMA repeal

A 1996 federal marriage law is unconstitutional and should be repealed, Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a news conference that featured gay couples who have insurance, visa and legal problems because of the law. Published July 19, 2011

GOP has 'blueprint for action' on Planned Parenthood

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which receives about $1 million a day in taxpayer funds, should be investigated by Congress, a group of House Republicans said in a Capitol Hill event Thursday. Published July 14, 2011

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Senate panel is urged to renew domestic violence law

Clinical psychologist Phil McGraw, known popularly as "Dr. Phil," urged a Senate committee Wednesday not to be "penny-wise and pound-foolish" in its renewing of the Violence Against Women Act. Published July 13, 2011

U.S., Russia end near-ban on adoptions

The near-moratorium on adoptions with Russia was lifted Wednesday when top U.S. and Russian officials signed an unprecedented pact on intercountry adoption. Published July 13, 2011

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Christian Choate was 13 years old when he died two years ago in a dog cage and was buried in a plastic bag near an Indiana trailer park.

Child abuse targeted by hearing in House

In May, Christian Choate's body was found in a shallow grave, buried under cement and lime near an Indiana trailer park. Investigators believe the boy died two years ago at age 13. Published July 12, 2011

U.S., Russia close to pact to restart adoptions

Following the international uproar last year over an unwanted 7-year-old Russian boy being sent home — unaccompanied — by his would-be adoptive American mother, U.S. and Russian officials are poised this week to sign a pact allowing intercountry adoption to resume fully, but with significant new restrictions in place. Published July 11, 2011

Full employment of parents hits 21-year low

The Great Recession left its mark on the lives of U.S. children, reducing the number with fully employed parents to 72 percent, a low mark not seen since 1990, according to a federal report released this week. Published July 8, 2011