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Powerful Images Show Americans Exercising Their Right To Assemble In 2014

Americans gathered across the country this year to make their voices heard on issues ranging from the minimum wage to police brutality, gay marriage and abortion rights.

Take a look at some of the most powerful images from protests around the nation in 2014.

  • Supporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. More than
    AP/Rick Bowmer
    Supporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. More than 1,000 gay couples rushed to get married when a federal judge overturned Utah's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in late December 2013. In early January the U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah's request for an emergency halt to the weddings.
  • Supporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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    Supporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
  • Tiffany Lundeen wears a flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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    Tiffany Lundeen wears a flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
  • Married couple Chris Johnson, left, and David Tuma, of Ogden, Utah, hug each other during a supporters of gay marriage rally
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    Married couple Chris Johnson, left, and David Tuma, of Ogden, Utah, hug each other during a supporters of gay marriage rally outside the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
  • Pro-choice demonstrators stand outside the US Supreme Court following oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, deal
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    Pro-choice demonstrators stand outside the US Supreme Court following oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, dealing with a Massachusetts law imposing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics for demonstrations and protests, in Washington, DC, January 15, 2014.
  • Abortion rights advocates fill the rotunda of the State Capitol as Texas senators were wrapping up debate on sweeping abortio
    AP/Tamir Kalifa
    Abortion rights advocates fill the rotunda of the State Capitol as Texas senators were wrapping up debate on sweeping abortion restrictions and were poised to vote on a measure after weeks of protests.
  • Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by Murrieta police officers, Friday, July 4, 2014
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    Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by Murrieta police officers, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California. Demonstrators on both sides of the immigration debate had gathered where the agency was foiled earlier this week in an attempt to bus in and process some of the immigrants who have flooded the Texas border with Mexico.
  • A pro-immigration demonstrator looks across a police line at the opposing side, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border P
    AP/Mark J. Terrill
    A pro-immigration demonstrator looks across a police line at the opposing side, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
  • Pro-immigration demonstrators participate in a vigil to support children fleeing violence in Central America to come to the U
    Getty Images/Saul Loeb
    Pro-immigration demonstrators participate in a vigil to support children fleeing violence in Central America to come to the United States, sponsored by the Central American Resource Center, during a rally in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, DC, November 24, 2014.
  • Pro-immigration demonstrators participate in a vigil to support children fleeing violence in Central America to come to the U
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    Pro-immigration demonstrators participate in a vigil to support children fleeing violence in Central America to come to the United States, sponsored by the Central American Resource Center, during a rally in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, DC, November 24, 2014.
  • Demonstrators lie down along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during a protest against the proposed Keystone X
    AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
    Demonstrators lie down along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during a protest against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Sunday, March 2, 2014.
  • Several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipel
    AP/Susan Walsh
    Several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline tied themselves to the fence outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014.
  • People walk among teepees set up on the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, looking toward the Capitol. T
    AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
    People walk among teepees set up on the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, looking toward the Capitol. The Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, will host an encampment on the National Mall for a week'€™s worth of "Reject and Protect" actions against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
  • Wizipan Little Elk of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, left, and farmer Art Tanderup, hold a banner in the reflecting pool on the Nat
    AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
    Wizipan Little Elk of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, left, and farmer Art Tanderup, hold a banner in the reflecting pool on the National Mall in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014, during a rally to protest the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Washington Monument is in the background.
  • Don Cannon protests on the steps of New York City Hall in support of the proposed Fairness and Equity Act, which would attemp
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    Don Cannon protests on the steps of New York City Hall in support of the proposed Fairness and Equity Act, which would attempt to reform racially biased arrests in regards to marijuana possession in New York state on July 9, 2014 in New York City.
  • Ed Forchion, a pro-marijuana activist known as NJ Weedman, carries a large cross with huge likeness of a marijuana leaf as he
    AP/Mel Evans
    Ed Forchion, a pro-marijuana activist known as NJ Weedman, carries a large cross with huge likeness of a marijuana leaf as he walks in front of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, Sunday, April 20, 2014.
  • A pro-marijuana activist holds a large flag with the likeness of marijuana leaves as he stands over a highway in Trenton, New
    AP/Mel Evans
    A pro-marijuana activist holds a large flag with the likeness of marijuana leaves as he stands over a highway in Trenton, New Jersey, Sunday, April 20, 2014.
  • Demonstrators march toward downtown at a May Day march in support of workers rights and a boost in the minimum wage Thursday,
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    Demonstrators march toward downtown at a May Day march in support of workers rights and a boost in the minimum wage Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Seattle. Hundreds of people marched peacefully in the afternoon demonstration.
  • Demonstrators walk toward downtown during a May Day march Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Seattle. Hundreds of people marched peace
    AP/Elaine Thompson
    Demonstrators walk toward downtown during a May Day march Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Seattle. Hundreds of people marched peacefully in support of immigrant and workers rights and a boost in the minimum wage in the afternoon demonstration, while police said they were prepared for more aggressive crowds later on.
  • Protesters burn signs during May Day activities Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Seattle. Police have made several arrests and fired
    AP/Ted S. Warren
    Protesters burn signs during May Day activities Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Seattle. Police have made several arrests and fired pepper spray as anti-capitalist marchers meandered through Seattle several hours after hundreds of peaceful demonstrators took part in a May Day march in support of immigrant rights and a boost in the minimum wage.
  • A demonstrator holding a sign that reads "Not One More" marches across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control la
    AP/John Minchillo
    A demonstrator holding a sign that reads "Not One More" marches across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York. The protest was underwritten by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most visible gun control advocates in the U.S., and included relatives of some of those slain in the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
  • Josie Lando, center, reacts alongside her sister Nora, left, at a rally outside city hall to call for tougher gun control law
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    Josie Lando, center, reacts alongside her sister Nora, left, at a rally outside city hall to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York.
  • Actress Amanda Peet, left, holds her daughter alongside fellow actor Adam Scott, center, and relatives of gun violence victim
    AP/John Minchillo
    Actress Amanda Peet, left, holds her daughter alongside fellow actor Adam Scott, center, and relatives of gun violence victims at a rally outside city hall to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in New York.
  • A demonstrator holding a red rose kneels in front of armed police officers and raises their hands above his head during prote
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    A demonstrator holding a red rose kneels in front of armed police officers and raises their hands above his head during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.
  • In this Aug. 18, 2014 photo taken with a fisheye lens, people protest for Michael Brown who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Fe
    AP/Charlie Riedel
    In this Aug. 18, 2014 photo taken with a fisheye lens, people protest for Michael Brown who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Protester gestures angrily at cops as tear gas fills the streets of Ferguson after curfew.
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    Protester gestures angrily at cops as tear gas fills the streets of Ferguson after curfew.
  • Lesley McSpadden, center, mother of Michael Brown, marches in a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
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    Lesley McSpadden, center, mother of Michael Brown, marches in a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
  • Protesters arrive at the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, for a rally in remembrance of Michael Brown in F
    AP/Charles Rex Arbogast
    Protesters arrive at the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, for a rally in remembrance of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • A protester holds an American flag with the word "Indict", during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami.
    AP/Lynne Sladky
    A protester holds an American flag with the word "Indict", during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami.
  • African-American Congressional staff and others hold their hands up during a walk-out outside the House of Representatives on
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    African-American Congressional staff and others hold their hands up during a walk-out outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Congressional staff members and others stood outside the Capitol to protest the Eric Garner and Mike Brown grand jury decisions which did not bring charges against police.
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