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Hey Ellen and Anne, you're in luck! Lesbians with a live-in partner earn significantly more on average than their married, heterosexual counterparts, according to a new study by researchers from Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Maryland. Partnered lesbians earned $23,433 a year on average, in 1990, compared with married women, who brought home $15,981. The authors of the study utilized data from the General Social Survey, the National Health and Social Life Survey, and the 1990 Census to glean income levels by sexual orientation, education, and age. Partnered gay men, however, were found to earn somewhat less than their straight, married counterparts.

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