The company behind “Sesame Street” says Bert and Ernie, the beloved puppets who have roomed together for 40 years, "do not have a sexual orientation" and won’t be getting married in a same-sex ceremony, according to the BBC. Sesame Workshop issued the statement in response to an online petition calling for the marriage.
Sesame Workshop said the pair "remain puppets" although they are "male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics," the story notes. "Bert and Ernie are best friends," the statement said. "They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves."
About 7,000 people have signed the petition, with more than 3,000 joining a Facebook page called "Bert and Ernie Get Married," the piece notes. The online petition says, "We are not asking that ‘Sesame Street’ do anything crude or disrespectful," adding, "It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different."