The number keeps growing. Australia this week became the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. After a decades-long battle for recognition gay rights campaigners scored a victory this week when the vast majority of lawmakers voted for a bill legalising same-sex marriages, including ones solemnised abroad. After the vote, celebrations erupted in Parliament, with people in the public gallery cheering and singing. MPs embraced each other.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull applauded the changes to the Marriage Act. “What a day for love, for equality, for respect,” he said. The upper house had passed the measure last month.