Senator Scott Brown on Tuesday was honored by gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans, touching off a flurry of criticism from Massachusetts Democrats.

Brown, a tea party favorite, was among the 8 Senate Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote with all but one Democrat to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the now ended military policy which banned gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

The Log Cabin Republicans presented Brown with its Spirit of Lincoln Award because he “has proven himself to be an ally to our community whose service should be recognized, and Log Cabin Republicans are proud to call this warrior-citizen a friend.”

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John E. Walsh disagreed during a conference call on Tuesday.

“Only a Republican party group would think with his record Scott Brown deserves any kind of reward for being a champion of equal rights for the LGBT community,” Walsh said. “The junior senator is and has been a staunch opponent of equal marriage, he's opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). When he was in the state Legislature he voted three times for a constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage and opposed funding for the commonwealth's commission on gay and lesbian youth.”

“And in Scott Brown's campaigns he has been supported by some of the most virulently anti-gay activists in Massachusetts,” he added.

Added Stephen Driscoll, who chairs the Massachusetts Democratic Party's GLBT Caucus: “Once again the Log Cabin Republicans are barking up the wrong bush. There is no depth to which they are unwilling to sink in their greed motivated self-abnegation. Those of us who know Scott Brown's history remember him as a staunch opponent of gay equality who repeatedly voted against our community, mocked gay and lesbian parents, and kept company with the anti-gay hate merchants, handling their thinly-veiled homophobia here in the commonwealth.