In the wake of the historic Supreme Court rulings this week that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and invalidated California’s Proposition 8, which further expanded same-sex marriage rights in this country, a great many people have been celebrating the advancement of marriage equality here in the US. President Obama himself spoke out in support of the rulings during his visit to Africa the day after the rulings were announced. A little closer to home, a same-sex couple who have been living together for about 44 years are also celebrating the same-sex rulings issued by the Supreme Court. Bert & Ernie, two beloved characters from the children’s program Sesame Street, are featured together on the cover of next week’s issue of The New Yorker magazine and as you can see below, they are basking in a moment of joy of the expansion of same-sex marriage rights in this country.
“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind next week’s cover, “Moment of Joy.” Hunter, who originally submitted his image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr, continued, “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
This is pretty much the best cover that The New Yorker has ever published in the history of ever. It’s no secret that Bert & Ernie have been living together as a couple since Sesame Street debuted in 1969. If you want to look at the history of longterm same-sex relationships as they are featured on television and in pop culture, you don’t have to look any further than at the long running relationship of these two puppet characters. As you may recall, there was talk back in 2011 that Bert & Ernie might “marry” some day and even tho that hasn’t happened, well, it’s nice that they now have the opportunity. While I’m sure the opponents of marriage equality and GLBT visibility will undoubtedly have a huge problem with this magazine cover, I applaud The New Yorker for finding the sweet humor in this week’s momentous Supreme Court rulings. This issue of The New Yorker will hit newsstands in a few days … as a loyal subscriber to the magazine, I cannot WAIT to receive my copy!