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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

GOP steps up defense of law on marriage

The Republican leadership in the House stepped up its efforts Monday to defend the federal government's marriage law, which is already under attack or implicated in as many as 10 lawsuits. Published April 18, 2011

Gay adoptive dads lose birth-certificate appeal

A federal appellate court decision in Louisiana this week on a birth-certificate dispute may catapult the issue of gay adoption before the U.S. Supreme Court. Published April 14, 2011

Men's 'apology' video to women touching, 'creepy'

An eight-minute video on YouTube in which "conscious men" apologize to the women of the world is drawing tears and praise — as well as verbal brickbats — from around the world. Published April 10, 2011

Abortion fight looms large in spending debate endgame

Some House Republicans say de-funding the reproductive health care organization Planned Parenthood is so important that it is worth risking a government shutdown, to try to force Democrats hand as the two sides try to reach an agreement on a budget for the remainder of 2011. Published April 8, 2011

Faith groups cheer halt to adoption requirement

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's office has confirmed that it is taking steps to block proposed rules that would compel private agencies to place foster children with unmarried couples, including gay couples. Published April 6, 2011

Hearing: Welfare programs a confusing 'labyrinth'

The federal government's patchwork welfare system still contains dozens of programs that are too costly, redundant and hard to use, according to testimony at a congressional hearing Tuesday. Published April 5, 2011

Virginia measure highlights battle over gays' adopting

A "sleeper measure" that would prevent Virginia child-welfare agencies from considering sexual orientation or religion in their placements has drawn hundreds of complaints — and the attention of an outraged Republican state lawmaker. Published April 4, 2011

Polygamy's wrongs traced in testimony

Canada's ban on polygamy should be upheld because it protects women and children, attorneys said Friday in a landmark case to decide whether the ban violates religious freedom. Published April 3, 2011

Republicans out to trim welfare again

Just as they did the last time the party captured the House of Representatives, Republicans are pushing a major overhaul of the nation's welfare system. Published March 23, 2011

Group to include '.xxx' as top-level domain

The red-light district got a green light Friday when the international group that oversees Internet names voted to include ".xxx" as a top-level domain. Published March 18, 2011

Child placement law contested

Children in foster care deserve the best parents possible and thus the state can pick and choose what type of families they should be raised in, attorneys told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday. Published March 17, 2011

The Grim Reaper (Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

Life spans up, death rates down

The Grim Reaper seems to be taking a few more holidays: The U.S. mortality rate has fallen for the 10th year in a row, a new federal report says, as Americans are living longer. Published March 16, 2011

Eric H. Holder Jr.

Suit says Guatemalans purposely infected with syphilis

Attorneys for seven Guatemalan nationals are suing top U.S. public health officials, accusing them of "intentionally" infecting the Guatemalans or their family members with syphilis in a 1940s "Tuskegee-style" experiment. Published March 14, 2011

Obamas decry bullying to help vulnerable children

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday used their roles as national parents and policymakers to ask Americans to stand against the heartbreak of bullying. Published March 10, 2011

White House to lead anti-bullying effort

The Obama administration is giving new meaning to "bully pulpit" by hosting a conference aimed at encouraging children to be nice to one another. Published March 9, 2011