(NEW YORK) — The New Yorker magazine is celebrating the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decisions by unveiling a cover featuring Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie.
The cover shows the Sesame Street characters cozily sitting together in front of a TV with Bert’s arm around Ernie, and Ernie leaning on his shoulder. The TV shows an image of the Supreme Court justices in their black robes.
The artist behind next weeks’ cover, called “Moment of Joy,” is Jack Hunter. He originally submitted the unsolicited image to a Tumblr page, according to The New Yorker’s website.
“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” Hunter said, as posted on The New Yorker’s website. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
There have long been rumors about the nature of Bert and Ernie’s relationship.
When same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of New York in July 2011, an online petition urged the fictional characters to tie the knot.
The petition gained so much buzz that Sesame Street released a statement saying that Bert and Ernie are “best friends.”
“They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves,” the 2011 statement said. “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
Sesame Street has not yet commented on the New Yorker cover.
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