As a single mother of three children, Sara and Paul Kasten knew they had to live with their dad.
The couple’s three sons, ages 13, 16 and 17, had grown up in different homes and had no father figure to look up to.
When Paul and Sara’s mother died of breast cancer in January, their lives took a turn for the worse.
“The day we lost her, I felt completely alone,” Sara Kastens told Fox News.
“I couldn’t find a single other person who felt like I could relate to my dad and have the same feelings.”
So Sara and her husband started the #NeverKissMeBack campaign.
On Tuesday, the hashtag was trending on Twitter as they explained their reasons for the effort.
#NeverTakeBackYourDad #KissTheMan #NeverGiveUpYourDad The campaign was born out of Sara and Sara Kostens’ frustration with the father they had grown to love and respect.
Sara was at a loss for words.
“We were trying to figure out what to do and we had no idea how to do it,” Sara said.
“It’s hard to get it out, and it’s really hard to understand how people react to it.”
They began using a hashtag to post selfies of themselves holding hands, which they said “got the message out.”
But that wasn’t the only thing the Kastels were frustrated with.
The hashtag had its roots in a viral video of an American flag flying outside the home of their father.
In the video, the man is seen kissing his daughter, who was wearing a Santa hat and holding a photo of the flag, in front of their house.
The man later claimed the photo was taken years ago, and the video had been edited.
“He said he was just doing it to get a reaction,” Sara told FoxNews.com.
“When I was trying to understand, it was just a picture of his daughter.”
But Sara and the Kosters weren’t satisfied with just a photo.
The video was also used as a rallying cry to demand that their dad’s name be removed from the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This is a man who has committed a lot of sins and I feel that his name should be on the Supreme Court,” Sara recalled her father telling them.
“They were so angry.”
Sara and friends began to organize rallies outside the Kustens’ home, which became a national news story.
It took three weeks of protests, as well as the hashtag’s widespread popularity to finally get the father’s name removed from his nameplate.
“People just got really upset,” Sara explained.
“You don’t get to put your name on the United States Supreme Court until your name is on the Court of Appeals.”
Sara Kusten is now looking forward to her dad’s passing, but Sara and other #NeverGonnaTakeBackPeople are still in the dark about how much their father’s legacy will change the way they look at their lives.
“My whole life, my dad was a role model for me and my family,” Sara wrote.
“So for him to be gone from our lives and I’m not sure how he’ll be remembered is a huge disappointment.
I feel like it’s been an honor to have this experience.”