The New Yorker said artist Jack Hunter originally submitted the image to a Tumblr.
When the image was released Friday morning, reactions on social media weremostly positive, but the criticism that has emerged has been considerably heated. Supporters of marriage equality have accused the magazine of "infantilizing" the Supreme Court's decision. Slate called it a "terrible way to commemorate a major civil-rights victory for gay and lesbian couples … Bert and Ernie clearly love each other. But does Ernie suck Bert's cock? I don't think so."