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

(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 Change.org. "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.

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 on February 4, 2010 in New York City.
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)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04:  Sesame Street characters Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and Zoe attend the temporary street renaming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sesame Street Live on 31st Street & 8th Avenue on February 4, 2010 in New York City.
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Sesame Street characters Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and Zoe attend the temporary street renaming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sesame Street Live on...   (Getty Images)
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