Controversial cover features Bert & Ernie snuggling

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NEW YORK - The New Yorker Magazine celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's historic rulings on gay marriage by featuring a depiction of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie on newsstands this week, sparking a lot of debate on social media.

On the cover, titled "Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy," the two Sesame Street characters are shown snuggling together on the couch with the Supreme Court on a TV in the background.

Sesame Street has long denied that Bert and Ernie are anything more than friends, saying in a 2011 statement that the two "do not have a sexual orientation."