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Specifically regarding two married people filing separately who earn less than $69,700 using standard deductions and nothing unusual, am I correct in reading that it won't be any different than not being married?

No, it will certainly be different from not being married. If you are married you no longer have the option to file Single. You can file Married, Filing Jointly or Married, Filing Separately. What would have been were the couple not married is moot.

We may be going at this backwards. Why are you asking? It almost sounds like taxes are a factor in deciding whether this particular couple will marry. In that case, Phil the grizzled observer of way too much marital drama, suggests don't.

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