The New Yorker has outed Bert and Ernie in wake of the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, according to the Daily Beast.

I just looked at Bert's relationship status on Facebook, and it says "It's complicated."

Even though it seems we've already done the "Bert and Ernie are gay" thing, the Sesame Street muppet-roomates are featured on next week's cover, embracing while watching the Supreme Court decision unfold on television.

"It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime," said Jack Hunter, the artist responsible for the cover, which is titled "Moment of Joy." Hunter submitted his image to a Tumblr page before The New Yorker grabbed it. "This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate," Hunter said.

Visitors look at Bert and Ernie puppets on display during the opening of the Syd and Sharon Martin Wing of the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., on
Visitors look at Bert and Ernie puppets on display during the opening of the Syd and Sharon Martin Wing of the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Michener Art Museum, Rusty Kennedy))

Of course, the cover implies Bert and Ernie are a couple, which people have speculated on for decades (as if they weren't puppets or something). In 2011, an online petition calling for them to marry went viral. Sesame Street responded with a statement saying the pair are "best friends" and have "no sexual orientation."

Sure they don't.

Contact Tony Hicks at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.