Brad Pitt Says He & Angelina Jolie 'Would Like To' Marry

01/25/2012 at 03:05 PM EST

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie 'Would Like To' Marry, Says Pitt
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have long maintained that marriage is probably not in the cards for them – at least until gay marriage is legalized.

Now, it seems, the couple may be playing with a new deck.

"We'd actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids," Pitt, 48, tells The Hollywood Reporter of the couple's current thoughts on matrimony. "We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out."

Does that mean he's asked Jolie, 36 – his partner of seven years – to marry him?

"I'm not going to go any further," says the actor, who has been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Moneyball. "[But] it means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment."

Jolie, too, has addressed the subject of marriage as it relates to the couple's six children: "They have asked, yeah, because … people get married in the movies," Jolie told Nightline in an interview that aired last month.

But before finding happiness with Jolie and their brood, Pitt says he went through a much darker period.

"I used to deal with depression, but I don't now, not this decade – maybe last decade," says Pitt. "But that's also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester. 'This semester I was majoring in depression.' "

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