I tried another method (beta form) to link/attach a marriage citation.
In this test, I did NOT create a profile for the spouse. Without that profile, there was no hint generated, but having tested this to death, I knew it existed.
Attaching/linking the citation created a profile for the spouse, and created a marriage event, and linked the couple. No phantoms were create using this method. I guess that's the answer, spend an hour testing, deleting, recreating, recalling, searching the same damn data over and over, to get the same result of the original form.