The government is appealing a ruling by a riverside-based judge in September that found the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is unconstitutional.
That appeals process could take more than a year. But yesterday, the log cabin republicans -- who support gay rights -- filed a motion for an expedited hearing.
That would put the case on track for oral arguments in April. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is pushing the senate to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on its own next month.