The New Yorker magazine has thrown its support behind the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), earlier this week, by unveiling an equal marriage themed Sesame Street cover.
The cover features Bert and Ernie embracing on a sofa, while an image of the US Supreme Court Justices appears on their television screen.
It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind the cover, titled “Moment of Joy.”
Hunter originally submitted his image to a Tumblr blog, continued: “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
The characters have been widely assumed to be a couple, despite denials by producers of the long-running children’s television programme.
At the time, a Sesame workshop statement said: “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.
“Even though the Sesame Street Muppets … possess many human traits and characteristics, they have no sexual orientation.”
In January, in a similar sentiment, the French edition of Elle Magazine came out in support of equal marriage in France, amidst a heated debate on the issue by featuring a lesbian couple getting married, on its cover.
The new issue of the New Yorker will be available next week.