Over 1,200 people have signed a Change.org petition asking PBS to marry Sesame Street stars Bert and Ernie.

“In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living,” the petition started by Lair Scott reads. “Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.”

The effort follows on the heels of the marriage of another famous puppet couple.

Last month, Rod and Ricky, the gay couple from the Broadway play Avenue Q, married in a ceremony celebrating New York becoming the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.

“To have this finally happen for us – especially so soon after Will and Kate – is unbelievable to me,” Rod said in a statement. (A video of their wedding is embedded in the right panel of this page.)