LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Will the Children’s Television Workshop give way to same-sex puppet love?

An online campaign is calling for the producers of TV’s “Sesame Street” to allow characters Bert and Ernie to get married in an attempt to “put an end to the bullying and suicides of LGBT youth”, according to the group’s Facebook page.

The petition letter adds that “[w]e are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry”, suggesting that the show “even add a transgender character to the show…in a tasteful way”.

While over 900 people have “liked” the group’s Facebook page so far, the comments from visitors are fueling the controversy over whether children should be exposed to homosexuality at such an early age — echoing a similar battle over proposed gay-oriented curriculum in California schools.

“This is not ‘Desperate Housewives’…this is a baby’s program people!” said one commenter.

The group’s Facebook page also includes a photo mocking Christians for their opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

The two characters — which first debuted in the original “Sesame Street” pilot episode in July 1969 — have long been depicted as bickering best friends who sleep in the same room together.

UPDATE (8/11): Sesame Street issued a statement on their Facebook page Thursday in reaction to the online petition, saying “Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.”

“Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation,” the statement concludes.

Comments (245)
  1. Gabriel says:

    Nobody is bashing anyone. We are just saying if gays were ‘born’ gay like you keep reminding people, then let them discover it during puberty like normal children. Dont force our 3year old children to watch sexual content more so about being gay and they dont even know what how to calculate 36×20. If you want to be heard,be mature about it. This just shouts desperation and a sense of hopelessness. No parent in their right mind will allow their children to watch the show ever again,even parents from the gay community am sure. To the people who thought of this,pause before you pull the trigger. The gun is aimed to your head.. Oh and if you all were so sure being gay is okay, why do you defend yourself a lot? Only the guilty do that. You all know its not right. Its never to late to know Jesus. You can get the right kind of love your heart seeks. Be blessed!

  2. argie says:

    You’ve got to be kidding! Stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Guest2011 says:

    Obviously this ‘group” has NOTHING better to do than to put forth their “efforts” to “let” Burt and Ernie get married. Why not let the “Chef” and his “assistant” get married as well. Jus how far is this RIDICULOUS issue going to go. Why not letter The Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch get married or Elmo and the “Count” get married. GIMME A BREAK!!!

  4. Dominic Carabello says:

    If traditional marriage is REDEFINED, where do we draw the line THEN? Until very recently the agreed definition across most cultures and modern societies is that marriage is defined as ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN.

    If we redefine it to include man/man & woman/woman, what is to stop us from FURTHER stretching the definition in the future to include threesomes of various combinations, removal of AGE restrictions (as the radical NAMBLA wants to do) or marrying first cousins or other close relatives?

    The first cousin issue is not as uncommon as you might expect, the UK (where gay marriage is legal) is now experiencing SERIOUS medical problems among the offspring of the increasingly common phenomena of Muslim immigrants marrying first cousins:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk​/news/article-1394119/Its-​time-confront-taboo-First-​cousin-marriages-Muslim-co​mmunities-putting-hundreds​-children-risk.html#ixzz1O​Gt0V96g

    “The coroner chose his words carefully, since he was addressing one of the most controversial — and taboo — subjects in multi-cultural Britain: marriage between cousins in the Muslim communities which has left hundreds, if not thousands, of children damaged or dead.

    This week, leading geneticist Professor Steve Jones, of University College London, warned that ‘inbreeding’ in Islamic communities was threatening the health of generations of children.

    He said: ‘We should be concerned as there can be a lot of hidden genetic damage and children are much more likely to get two copies of a damaged gene.’

    He highlighted Bradford as a city that was ‘very inbred’.”

    MARRIAGE=1 MAN+1 WOMAN who are NOT RELATED to each other…END OF DISCUSSION.

  5. jc says:

    God help you people.

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