Boxes filled with 35,000 signatures stacked in a pyramid at the Capitol's north side Wednesday made the backdrop for the "Rally Against Rush and For Women's Health."
More than 150 gathered to express embarrassment on behalf of the state in considering radio personality Rush Limbaugh being inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
House Speaker Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, announced the honor for the conservative radio host days after Limbaugh described a Georgetown law student as a "slut" and a "prostitute" for her testimony about birth control before congressional Democrats. Limbaugh has since apologized for his language.
The protesting groups say that Limbaugh's remarks were not just disrespectful to the law student, but to all women. They contend the remarks should preclude Limbaugh from having his bust placed in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
"This is ridiculous," said House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis, who emceed the event. "Are you pissed off?"