Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative group Family Research Council (FRC), says a Bert and Ernie wedding on Sesame Street would indoctrinate children into being gay.

The campaign to marry the puppets began with a petition, which attracted thousands of signatures in just a few days.

The petition's author, Lair Scott, argued the wedding would help stem the rise of anti-gay bullying.

“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,” he wrote.

Perkins, however, suggested the marriage would rob children of their innocence.

“Not only do gays want to force their lifestyle on you and me, but they want to enlist felt-faced non-humans in the fight!” Perkins wrote. “And this is on top of the demands for a transgender character to join Sesame Street. For years, the same-sex community has insisted that all they want is the 'right' to marry their partners. If that's true, then why do they need to indoctrinate kids? Why recruit children and corporate America and public education? Obviously, the goal here isn't to be left alone to do what they want. The goal is to force the whole world – including small children – to celebrate their sexual behavior. Families are already working overtime to protect their children's innocence. The last thing they need to worry about is the ABCs of indoctrination.”

Sesame Street producers on Thursday nixed the idea, saying Bert and Ernie are not gay.