File this under the weirdest press releases ever. PBS put out a statement late Thursday in response to online calls by people such as this petition calling for Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie to get gay-married.

The network said:

“Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

The more you know.