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New Yorker's Bert and Ernie DOMA cover

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The New Yorker magazine's cover story is called "Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy." The cover shows Bert and Ernie of "Sesame Street" cuddled on a couch watching the Supreme Court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

It suggests that Bert and Ernie are gay themselves, a controversy that has risen before and that the New Yorker has revisited.

"I think it's funny. I don't take things like that seriously," one person told Fox 5. "I mean, it's a little bit of humor and I don't find anything wrong with humor."

Still some worry that using Muppets to help illustrate the magazine's coverage in some ways takes away from this week's huge step forward for gay rights.

One person we spoke said: "I think that it's demeaning a little bit for the success and how great it was of what was just passed in the Supreme Court. I think it's like making it child's play and it's not right to depict it that way."

"To be honest with you I'm so proud of what happened this week and so honored to be part of a community that can celebrate something like this, especially on gay pride being this weekend in New York, that I don't think anything could mess my day up," said another.

Part of the criticism leveled against the cover is why use two of the most popular children's characters to depict an issue that many children may not even understand and could prompt questions some parents may or may not be ready to address, depending on the family make-up?

"Being part of the gay community I would think it would be something that my child would be used to already," one person said. "So I don't think I would go out of my way to say something but if my child asks me what is this I would explain it."

Another said: "I would say who cares? I don't think that was the point of it. They're friends or they're not but who cares."

The producers of "Sesame Street" have long denied that Bert and Ernie are anything more than friends and in 2011 said that the two do not have a sexual orientation.

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