Gay and lesbian couples in general are likely to have saved far less for retirement than opposite-sex couples.

According to an AP analysis of the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances conducted by NORC, a think tank at the University of Chicago, a typical gay couple has saved $66,000 for retirement, $22,000 less than a typical straight couple.

Another survey by insurance behemoth Prudential found only 14 percent of LGBT adults believe that they are well prepared for retirement, compared to 29 percent of total respondents.

“Data and research shows they enter with fewer assets and retirement savings and that is reflective of a lifetime of difficulties and in many cases discrimination,” said Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE, a group dedicated to LGBT seniors.

Jennifer Hatch, a retirement planner for Christopher Street Financial, said that HIV could also be a factor.

“In many cases they started their families later than their straight counterparts,” Hatch told the AP. “I think some of them wondered if they would have a future because of HIV.”

Kathy Murphy said that she was denied survivor benefits under Social Security after her wife died. Because Texas does not recognize Murphy's Massachusetts marriage, she cannot collect the $600 a month benefit.

“It's like sort of getting kicked in the gut after a loss, you know,” Murphy said.