The New Yorker released a look at its newest cover image today, and it's one that marks the Supreme Court's landmark June 26 ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act with the help of two small screen icons. "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie are shown cuddling in front of a television as news of the decision airs. The artist, Jack Hunter, originally submitted his image, unsolicited, via tumblr. "It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime," he's quoted as saying. "This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate."
Despite Bert and Ernie's longterm co-habitation and shared bedroom, Sesame Workshop claims they are not, in fact, a couple, having released an official statement on Facebook in 2011: "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 they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics... they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."