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    A record 101 U.S. companies have received a perfect score for "gay"-friendliness, more than seven times as many since the first report card was issued in 2002 by a homosexual-rights group.

    "Corporate America knows that treating employees fairly is not just the right thing to do, it's good for the bottom line," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which has released its annual Corporate Equality Index. "The enormous growth we've tracked in fair employee policies proves that corporate America is making good on the old adage: what's good for business is good for America."

    The index is the nation's only rating system for corporate policies on homosexual, bisexual and transgender policies, and rates companies on a scale from 0 to 100 percent based on a variety of indicators, such as policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, diversity training, and equal health-care benefits.

    Among this year's key findings:

    A record 101 companies score 100 percent, attributed to a sharp increase in gender identity non-discrimination policies. In 2002, only 13 companies earned a perfect rating.

    Today, 5.6 million people work at the 101 companies that score 100 percent. In 2002, approximately 690,000 people were employed by the 13 companies that scored 100 percent.

    Eighty-one percent of scored companies offer health benefits to the domestic partners of employees, up from 70 percent in 2002.

    Some companies are proudly announcing their perfect scores, including insurance and financial giant MetLife.

    "Our corporate vision to build financial freedom for everyone is all-inclusive for a reason," said Debra J. Capolarello, senior vice president and chief talent officer for MetLife. "We recognize that our employees have diverse strengths, our customers have diverse financial needs, and we are committed to ensuring that respect for diversity remains ingrained in our culture."

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