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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

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


Report seeks probe of Planned Parenthood

A report released Thursday on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America called for lawmakers to investigate what the pro-life researchers called a "scandal-ridden" group. Published July 6, 2011

Religious groups fear legal fallout from N.Y. gay law

The protections for faith-based groups in New York's new gay marriage law are getting mixed reviews from religious and traditional-values groups, with critics saying the provisions open the way to a "Pandora's box" of lawsuits from gay-rights activists. Published July 5, 2011

1 in 10 U.S. children live with a grandparent

One in 10 American children lived in a home with a grandparent in 2009, a 64 percent jump from two decades ago, the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday. Published June 29, 2011

Gay parade marks win for marriage rights in N.Y.

Thousands of gay men and women and their allies marched joyfully through Manhattan on Sunday, celebrating New York state's new law allowing same-sex marriage and pledging to push the issue nationwide. Published June 26, 2011

Dad, mom in home is essential, Americans say

Americans strongly believe that having a father and a mother in the home is essential to a child's happiness, although a significant minority of the nation's children still live at least part of their formative years without their fathers in the home. Published June 16, 2011

Pro-choice forces seek to prevent referendum

Stepping into a growing national debate over abortion rights, the Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about whether to allow a "personhood" amendment to remain on the ballot this fall. Published June 6, 2011

Transgendered 'widow' to appeal benefits denial

A transgendered woman will appeal a Texas court ruling that says she is not entitled to surviving-spouse benefits because her marriage to a deceased fireman was not legal. Published June 2, 2011

By 2100, some see too many births, some too few

The United Nations' population experts recently rocked the world by projecting the planet will be home to a larger-than-expected 10.1 billion people by 2100. Published May 31, 2011

Professor implicates the pill for changing face of marriage

Among young, single Americans, men still want sex and women still want love and commitment. But the rules of engagement have changed dramatically since the birth-control pill and these rules "clearly favor men," sociology professor Mark Regnerus told a think tank Tuesday. Published May 25, 2011

A state trooper stands by as demonstrators on both sides of the gay-marriage issue gathered outside the Minnesota House on Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. Lawmakers cleared the way Saturday night for a voter referendum on the matter. (Associated Press)

Minnesota lawmakers OK vote on gay-marriage ban

The gay-marriage battle has come to Minnesota after lawmakers passed a bill late Saturday night to allow voters to define marriage in their state constitution. Published May 22, 2011

The words 'I do' still ringing loud and clear in U.S.

Americans remain a marrying people, with 55 percent of everyone over the age of 15 having taken a walk down the aisle at least once by 2009 - almost as high as in the mid-1990s, the Census Bureau said in a new report Wednesday. Published May 18, 2011

Guys got it made? Think again, say advocates

The figures are stark: Compared to girls, American boys are less educated and more medicated. One in five men of prime working age is not working. Men have a life expectancy five years shorter than women. Male suicide rates start out equal to females, but steadily rise over the lifespan. Published May 17, 2011


DOMA law firm flap a 'misunderstanding'

A top partner in the law firm that abruptly dropped the House of Representatives as its client in defending the federal law defining marriage blamed the move on "an unfortunate misunderstanding" that caused the firm to lose one of its top lawyers. Published May 12, 2011

Increase in adoptions spells fewer children on rolls, shorter waits

After years of bad press, the nation's foster care system is finally generating numbers worth raving about: Adoptions are at a record high, fewer children are waiting for permanent families and their average wait time has shrunk by a year. Published May 9, 2011

Education level inversely related to childbearing

New U.S. fertility data suggest that having a higher education isn't associated with having a big family: Women who are college graduates are likely to have fewer children — if they have them at all — than their less-educated sisters, the Census Bureau said Monday. Published May 9, 2011

'Midlife moms' seek more respect from society

That mature lady sitting on the playground bench beaming at her toddler may have some gray hair, but don't call her "grandma." She may well be a member of America's fastest-growing fertility group: mothers 40 and older. Published May 5, 2011

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Former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement quit King & Spalding when the law firm backed out of defending the Defense of Marriage Act.

Anti-DOMA law firm loses two clients

More than a week after a top Atlanta law firm dropped the contract to defend the federal marriage statute under pressure from gay groups, the legal and public relations fallout shows no signs of easing. Published May 4, 2011