Gay group Log Cabin Republicans is asking a federal appeals court to accelerate an appeal to “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 17-year-old law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, the AP reported.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California is set to hear the government's appeal to U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' September ruling striking down the law as unconstitutional. Following her ruling, Phillips issued an injunction ordering the government to stop enforcement of the law, but the appeals court set the ruling aside after 8 days, and the policy returned. The group's last-minute plea to the Supreme Court to reinstate the injunction was rejected.

In a motion filed Friday, lawyers for the Log Cabin Republicans asked the appeals court for an expedited schedule, which would put the case before the court sometime in April.

President Barack Obama has pledged to repeal the law that has ended the military careers of over 13,000 service members, but says he would prefer a legislative solution and has urged Congress to act. Democratic leaders have announced they'll take a second look at repealing the law after the Thanksgiving break.