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Controversial New Yorker Magazine Cover Features DOMA Ruling

This week’s Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional — a huge win for gay marriage supporters — has obviously caused a ton of reaction across all forms of media.

One of the reactionary images taking the web by storm is the latest cover of The New Yorker magazine.

It features legendary Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie, who I’m pretty sure everyone except the people at Sesame Workshop thinks are a gay couple, snuggling on a couch, watching the Supreme Court ruling on TV.

New Yorker Bert and Ernie DOMA cover
New Yorker

The cover is called ‘Moment of Joy’ and was done by artist Jack Hunter. He told the magazine, ‘It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.’

I’ve made my thoughts on gay marriage pretty clear. And while I don’t know if bringing children’s show characters into the mix is the best idea, it can’t hurt to start showing kids at a young age that it’s never a bad thing to love another human being.

If you can (respectfully and calmly) tell me why loving another person is wrong, I’d love to hear it, because I just don’t understand.

Regardless of your position on the issue, kudos to the mag for continuing to make covers that get people talking!

What do you think of this cover? Tell us in the comment section below — and please, be civil!

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