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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

** FILE ** Paul D. Clement served four years in President George W. Bush's administration as solicitor general. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Justice)

Lawyer quits firm in clash over marriage case

The constitutional battle over federal marriage laws took another twist Monday when one of the country's best-known lawyers resigned as partner after his firm's managers announced they were dropping the politically charged case. Published April 25, 2011

Janet Jenkins, of Fair Haven, Vt., shows a photo of her daughter, Isabella, who just turned 9. She has been involved in a same-sex custody battle with Ms. Miller for more than seven years in a case that has implications for parental rights and state laws on civil unions. (Associated Press)

Minister to testify in same-sex parent case

A Christian ministry leader is expected to testify Monday in a federal court in Vermont about the parental kidnapping of a little girl who was born to two women who were once in a Vermont civil union. Published April 24, 2011

Drive grows for states to recognize 'personhood'

Mississippi voters are likely to be the first in the nation to add to their state constitution "personhood" language that declares unborn children to be persons, effectively outlawing abortion and setting up a potential Supreme Court showdown — if they get a chance to vote on it in November. Published April 21, 2011

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