Christian conservative Bryan Fischer on Friday criticized an upcoming The New Yorker cover featuring Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie.

Next week's cover has the puppets 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 artist Jack Hunter said of the cover, titled “Moment of Joy,”: “It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. … This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”

Fischer criticized the magazine's editors, calling them “irresponsible” for putting Bert and Ernie in a “homosexual clinch” on their cover.

“Ladies and gentlemen, they are cuddling on a couch, this is a romantic interlude,” Fischer told his Focal Point listeners.

After quoting statistics from a highly discredited study on gay parenting by Mark Regnerus, Fischer said: “This is grossly irresponsible for The New Yorker to promote this, they really are promoting child endangerment and they are promoting child abuse.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Regnerus' study concluded that children raised by gay parents face greater negative outcomes. But only 2 of the 3,000 subjects reported having parents in a same-sex relationship for their entire childhood.