'New Yorker' envisions Ernie and Bert as a couple

2:33 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
On the latest issue of 'The New Yorker,' the magazine envisions Ernie and Bert as more than just friends. Image courtesy The New Yorker
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(USA TODAY) -- Two years ago Sesame Street swore they were just "best friends," but now, in the wake of Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, Ernie and Bert, perhaps the country's most famous cohabitating bachelors, have come out as a couple.

At least on the cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker.

Titled "Moment of Joy," the illustration depicts Ernie resting his head on Bert's shoulder as his old buddy cradles him with his arm. The duo are watching an image of the court's nine justices on their TV.

"It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime," the artist, Jack Hunter, tells the magazine's website. "This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate." Hunter originally submitted his image unsolicited, via Tumblr.

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