Petition Pushes for Bert, Ernie Gay Wedding
Online campaign urges Sesame Street to 'teach tolerance'
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:30 AM CDT
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Sesame Street characters Ernie, Bert, Elmo and Abby Cadabby attend the temporary street renaming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sesame Street Live on 31st Street & 8th Avenue...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Big Bird could be best man. That's the image if an online push looking to join Bert and Ernie in gay matrimony is successful. "We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful," reads the petition at "It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different." Sesame Street spokesmen insist the muppet pair are merely "best friends" with "no sexual orientation," reports the New York Daily News. They were "created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves," said a statement.

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Aug 14, 2011 11:42 AM CDT
Do they really need a wedding?! They already act like an old married couple:!! A wedding won't change nothing!
Aug 10, 2011 10:06 PM CDT
Bert is evil Ernie. You can do better.
Aug 10, 2011 3:15 PM CDT
They should then make The Count a welfare recipent...he is a blood sucker after all.