As America continues to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring DOMA unconstitutional, The New Yorker chose to feature some unconventional figures on their marriage equality cover – Muppets Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.
The long-rumored couple snuggles on the couch watching a television showing a shot of the Supreme Court. Jack Hunter, the artists who put the cover together, submitted the image to the magazine through its Tumblr outlet.
“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Hunter in an interview with the New Yorker’s Culture Desk. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
In 2011, Sesame Street denied the couple’s alleged romance as they “do not have a sexual orientation” and are simply room-sharing puppets.
“They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves,” read the statement from Sesame Street.
“Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
The magazine entitled the historic issue as “Bert and Ernie’s Moment of Joy.”