The cover of next week's New Yorker features Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie snuggling on a sofa in front of a black-and-white television displaying an image of the nine Supreme Court justices seated in front of a rainbow flag.

The cover, drawn by Jack Hunter and titled “Moment of Joy,” has been declared the “cutest thing ever” and a “terrible way to commemorate a major civil rights victory.”

“Next week's New Yorker Magazine cover may be the cutest thing ever,” tweeted Freedom To Marry, the nation's largest group dedicated to increasing the availability of civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

While Slate's June Thomas agreed that the cover was “cute,” she disagreed with its message.

“It's a terrible way to commemorate a major civil-rights victory for gay and lesbian couples.”

“You see,” Thomas explained, “Bert and Ernie aren't lovers.”

“Bert and Ernie clearly love each other. But does Ernie suck Bert's cock? I don't think so.”

The Atlantic Wire took a middle of the road approach, calling the cover “sweet if you don't overthink it.”