Myth: ‘Gays make more money than non-gays’

February 8, 2012

Washington Post editorial board writer Jonathan Capehart cites research by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates on LGBT families :

“According to an analysis of Census Bureau data from 2000 by the Williams Institute, the median income for same-sex couples raising children was $46,200 while for married heterosexual couples raising children it was $59,600. That’s a $13,400 difference. The gap increases to $15,507 when the average income for the gay couple ($59,270) is matched up with that of the straight couple ($74,777).

Gary Gates, a scholar with the Williams Institute who has analyzed 2010 Census Bureau data for the forthcoming American Community Survey (ACS), notes that while the gap has narrowed, it still remains.

Different-sex married couples with kids, average household income: $96,265

Same-sex couples with kids, average household income: $88,828

Different-sex married couples with kids, median household income: $77,000

Same-sex couples with kids, median household income: $67,000

The gap in average income was $7,437. The gap in the median income was $10,000.”

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