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Bert and Ernie cuddle for SCOTUS ruling on 'New Yorker' cover

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and handed down a decision on Prop 8 that made gay marriage legal again in California.

Bert and Ernie cuddle for SCOTUS ruling on 'New Yorker' cover

Image by Jack Hunter via The New Yorker

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and handed down a decision on Prop 8 that made gay marriage legal again in California. The historic day was cause for celebration for many as people took to the streets in cities across the country.

Now, The New Yorker is marking the occasion with its cover for the July 8th and 15th issue. The front of the magazine features an image of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie cuddling on the couch watching the Supreme Court on television. Artist Jack Hunter originally posted the image to Tumblr last year with a different image on the television.

Hunter actually created the cover last year for a contest, with President Obama on the television screen instead. At the time, he said, "While I’m certainly not the first person to speculate about Bert & Ernie’s more personal and private relationship, I thought they were well suited to represent how a lot of gay couples must have felt hearing Obama’s comments … after all, they’ve been together for almost 50 years … as 'just friends' or otherwise." [Gothamist]

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