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New Yorker Cover Celebrating Gay Marriage Features Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie

Cover Art was First Submitted on Tumblr

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    Muppets Bert, left, and Ernie, from the children's program "Sesame Street," are shown in New York.

    The New Yorker released a cover that requires little explanation, highlighting the historic Supreme Court gay marriage ruling while tugging at America's heart.

    The image titled "Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy" shows the "Sesame Street" duo nestled together on the couch and watching news of the Supreme Court rulings.

    Jack Hunter, the cover artist, originally submitted the image to Tumblr, unsolicited, according to the New Yorker Culture Desk. He offered a brief comment about the piece on The New Yorker site and calls the landmark ruling "a moment we can all celebrate."

    While "Sesame Street" has never publicly announced that Bert and Ernie are gay, the duo has long been regarded as such. Sesame Workshop, makers of the show, said in an email it is not commenting on the New Yorker cover.

    The historic ruling struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to gay couples who are legally married in their states, including Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave. The decision has been celebrated by gay couples across the country.