Sesame Street: No Gay Marriage for Best Friends Bert and Ernie

Forget the rumors. Don’t bother signing the petitions. Bert and Ernie are not getting married. Not in New York. Not in Vermont. Not now. Not ever. “Bert and Ernie are best friends,” the Sesame Street Workshop said in a statement on their Facebook page in response to a recent petition signed by nearly 1,000 people. “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 (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” As always, there’s a lesson here.

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