The New Yorker magazine Bert and Ernie cover elicits reaction

A magazine cover on newsstands now might elicit a double-take in more ways than one.

The New Yorker magazine cover depicts the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act decision this week by showing Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie watching TV, with Bert's arm around Ernie and Ernie placing his head on Bert's shoulder.

The image on the television depicts the justices wearing their black robes.

The magazine said on its website that artist Jack Hunter originally made the image, unsolicited, on a Tumblr page.

"It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime," the magazine quoted Hunter as saying. "This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate."

The nature of Bert and Ernie's relationship has long been a controversial subject.

In response to a 2011 online petition that asked show creators to have Bert and Ernie marry, Sesame workshop said the two are "best friends."

"They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves," read a 2011 statement from Sesame Workshop. "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 Workshop has not commented on The New Yorker cover.

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