RALEIGH, N.C. -

Someone dressed as a yellow bird helped an advocacy group bring petitions to Senate leader Phil Berger's office, urging him to reconsider an author's appointment to North Carolina's public television governing board.

The person inside the costume made to suggest Sesame Street's "Big Bird" was turned away Monday by General Assembly police at the Legislative Building. But a leader of the liberal-leaning Progress North Carolina Action was allowed in to deliver what he called more than 19,000 petitions asking Berger to withdraw the appointment of Orson Scott Card to the University of North Carolina Television trustee board.

Card is a critic of same-sex marriage and has written an article calling President Barack Obama a dictator.

The legislature approved Card's appointment in July. Card said this month he supports public television.