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
Petition Pushes For Bert, Ernie Gay Wedding
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.   (Getty Images)

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. (Read more Bert stories.)

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